Relief printmaking with Caroline Wendling


Ref: S2D11193

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About this course

Use stencils, painting and cutting effects, registration, overprinting and inking to produce relief prints with a hand press.

Course Description

Learn how to make prints using simple but effective techniques and materials. This course is structured to give you a step-by-step guide to relief printmaking with the opportunity to experiment with designs and materials.

During the course, you will make several print blocks from lino using cutting tools and craft knives. The tutor will show you how to make a registration board to register your paper and printing plate in order to achieve multiple overprinting. Inking methods will be demonstrated and explained to enable you to achieve the desired outcome. You will learn how to create shapes and planes using stencils, and be encouraged to experiment with the viscosity of the inks to discover which are suited to different types of design. There will be opportunity to explore both multi-coloured and monochrome printing methods.

At the end of the course, you will have discovered how to make sophisticated prints at home on your kitchen table with simple materials and no press. You will have gained a good understanding of the possibilities and the qualities of materials used to print with during the course. You will have learned to register and print from several blocks. You will have produced a small edition and several monoprints.

This is a course where a sense of experimentation will be required.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some materials shared amongst the group including:
  • Lino (two pieces per student)
  • Inks
  • Some printing papers – you may well need to purchase more during the course

What students need to bring

  • Protecting clothing
  • Sketchbook and sketches that you can use as inspiration for your prints
  • Any items you may have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Printing paper
  • Printing materials for home printing
  • Drawing material
  • Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Available from tutor:
  • Monoprinting plates, Nori paste, which the tutor will have available to sell for those who want them.


Caroline Wendling

FDAD Core Team Tutor and Short Course Tutor

Caroline Wendling's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imagings of sites. She takes her audience on a physical, sensory and emotional journey leaving them with a poetic encounter and a story to tell. In 2012, she created her first walk near her studio. Subsequent walks took her to New York City, Norfolk, Suffolk and Scotland where she created White Wood, a living monument to peace that will develop over the next 900 years. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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