Monoprints – layers, textures and colour with Caroline Wendling

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About this course

Learn how to mix colours, use extender base and stencils to achieve textural and colourful effects. Discover which materials suit your style including different types of press, wood and lino plates, and with different papers.

Course Description

On this course you will learn how to work with ghost images, faint layers and explore the subtle changes of colour and shapes. You will be taught how to think in layers with the use of stencils and inking methods. You will be encouraged to be curious, to experiment, test and make notes.

You will gain confidence making accurate registration to develop your control over the many printing methods that can be used for the production of monoprints. Your tutor will show you how stencils can be the basis of producing sharp, textural and multi coloured prints. You will be encouraged to use wood and lino as a plate, and explore the possibilities of combining both to create prints that have the contrasting qualities of textured and smooth inks. We will be using water-based inks.

The tutor will demonstrate the use of relief and intaglio presses as well as working without a press. You will also explore the qualities and effects of different printing papers. A sampling set will be available for you to try so that you can identify what is the most suitable paper for your work and subject.

The course is designed for students who have some knowledge of monoprinting but would like to extend their understanding of the technique, explore new possibilities, and try new approaches.

By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in your printmaking skills through exploring plates, stencils, presses and papers and learning to think in layers. You will take with you a number of tests and exploratory studies from which to refer to in future work, as well as completed prints.


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 waterbased relief inks and some sample papers to try, shared amongst the group. It also includes the cost of a small lino plate and two wood plates. Additional papers are available to purchase from the shop and tutor.

What students need to bring

  • Bring a sketchbook full of ideas and drawings, some might be in colour but not essential.
  • Sketches that you can use as inspiration for your prints
  • Apron
  • Objects to make textural effects (less than 1mm thick, and no metal please. Interesting effects can be achieved with fruit packaging, net bags, string, textured papers, doilies, lace and natural things such as leaves, feathers, petals, etc.)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Drawing materials
  • Registration block for printing at home and in the class
  • Printing papers
  • Printing materials for home printing - inks, barens, rollers, lino
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Available from tutor:
  • Monoprinting plates and stencil papers

Wonderful tutor made the whole course, whilst challenging, thoroughly enjoyable. Her knowledge of printing and her joy of the subject and sharing was truly generous."

Helen, 2018


Caroline Wendling

Caroline Wendling trained at ESAD, Strasbourg, France. She is an experienced printmaking teacher and ran Gainsborough's House Print Workshop for twelve years. Her residencies include Cambridge School of Art, Wysing Arts Centre and Deveron Arts where she created White Wood. She is the recipient of several Arts Council England Grants, and has been shortlisted for the Saltire Art in Public Places award.


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

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