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DIY Home Decor. Stunning Block Prints on Paper

Sandra Relf, Creative Decorator

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15 Videos (40m)
    • Welcome

    • Get a basic overview on how a lino block print is made.

    • The owl sketch.

    • Understanding Positive and Negative Space.

    • How to make an image transfer using carbon paper.

    • How to make an image transfer using wintergreen oil.

    • Basic lino cutting techniques

    • Lino cutting in action.

    • Lino cutting in action Part Two

    • Soak your paper

    • Prepare ink and print with black derivan ink.

    • Prepare ink and print with Indian Yellow ink

    • Proof your first print

    • Creating an edition of prints and signing

    • A little thank you from me


About This Class



Are you looking for some alternative ways to create stunning art, decorate your home or create beautiful handmade gifts? 

You can do all these and more with my class: Create Stunning Block Prints On Paper!

Who is this class for?

This is a basic lino block printing class for anyone from beginner to advanced.

I'll show you how to make your prints by hand without the need for expensive studio printmaking tools such as a printing press. The printing method in this course is done using an everyday spoon!

You'll love this class if you

  • Are a complete beginner.
  • Would like to make beautiful handmade art for your home, gifts a selling on etsy or similar.
  • Extend a Skillshare Letterform or Calligraphy class - you can personalize your work as beautiful prints for display.
  • Just need to brush up on your printmaking skills.
  • You can even personalize a resume with a stunning title page.

There are many uses for a stunning handmade print!

Students will learn

In this beginners class there are six steps plus an extras section. We'll cover single colour lino printmaking techniques from initial sketch to creating an edition of prints Including:

  • Lino block printing basics - tools, ink and papers
  • Brainstorming and sketching
  • Image transfer techniques
  • Lino carving techniques
  • Printing by hand

What do I need for this class?

Basic lino materials and tools:

  • Silk cut lino block
  • Block printing ink - or see my cheap homemade alternative recipies in resources
  • Ink roller or paintbrush
  • Lino carving tools
  • Ink rolling plate. Anything that is flat, smooth and non porous - for example: a piece of glass from an old photo frame
  • 300gsm smooth texture/hot pressed printmaking paper
  • Baren or metal spoon

From around the home:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Sketching paper
  • Disposable plastic gloves
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape.
  • Box Cutter
  • Newspaper/Butchers Paper

Optional Extras

  • Wintergreen oil and cotton swabs
  • Carbon Paper

(These are for image transfer techniques and will be explained in the class steps).


  • Color. See how adding color can take your print to the next level.
  • Hints on how to frame and hang your prints and other creative ways to use them.

  • Recipies for home made lino printing ink
  • Where to find public domain images

Want to try some printmaking?.... I'll show you how and before long you'll be printing like an expert!

3 of 4 students recommendSee All

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent class on block printing. I've read quite a bit about doing it, but being able to watch the process from start to finish made it seem doable. Sandra is an engaging and helpful teacher, moving at just the right speed and providing solid information about each step as the process unfolded. There were two things she demonstrated that I had not picked up from the books I read, so I'm glad I watched the class before trying to make a print. The first was what the ink should look and sound like when it's rolled out (sticky and velvety are such evocative words!), and the other was soaking and blotting the paper. It was helpful to see how each step was done. This is one of my favorite classes so far.





Sandra Relf

Creative Decorator

Hello I'm Sandra.

I love to decorate. And I love making stuff. So combining the two and making beautiful things to decorate homes makes perfect sense to me. Printmaking is the one thing I couldn't survive without. I've been printmaking since my early 20's when I discovered it at art school.

I now teach printmaking workshops at the Toowoomba Art Society and my classes are always a sellout.

Some of the workshops I teach are lino block printing, drypint etching with chine-c...

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