Block printed festive cards and books with Joanna Veevers


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About this course

Make small rubber printing blocks to create designs for festive cards, labels, envelopes and simple books with decorative covers.

Course Description

Design and cut your own small rubber printing blocks, taking inspiration from historical block printing and festive motifs. Guided by the tutor, you then experiment with repetition and pattern to create a suitable design. From this, you will produce a unique collection of festive greetings cards, labels and envelopes.

After lunch, you will learn how to make simple concertina and stab stitched books using a variety of papers. You then use your printing blocks to make decorative papers for the covers. The books can be used as gifts, notebooks or sketchbooks.

At the end of the day, you will take with you your stamps, cards, labels and envelopes plus at least one book. You will have been introduced to simple printmaking techniques and be inspired to continue working from home.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing card, labels, paper, envelopes, inks, rubber blocks, adhesive and yarn. Additional cards and paper for exceptional quantity can be purchased from the shop or the tutor.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any of the items above if you have them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paper
  • Card
  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional cards and labels can be purchased from the tutor.


Joanna Veevers

Joanna tutors with a focus on surface qualities and 2 dimensional design. She trained initially in Printed Textile Design at Manchester and then in Ceramics at The Royal College of Art. She has 30 years of teaching experience in colleges, universities, schools, museums and galleries. Joanna is a long standing member of Contemporary Applied Arts.

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