Printmaking – blind embossing with Caroline Wendling

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About this course

Blind embossing is a technique using subtle raised or indented three-dimensional designs with no ink into paper using a press.

Course Description

Blind embossing is a liberating and versatile technique that requires experimentation and understanding of printing. During the day, you will gain experience in how to construct plates. Your designs will be revealed using an etching press and paper. You will create embossed prints by pressing paper deep into the textures and layers of your plates to produce images. The crevices and recesses, as well as the raised area of your prints, will be seen in the context of the amount of light shining and your position in relation to your prints.

Demonstrations and advice will be given for the making of plates from card and other materials. You will find out ways of creating an ever-changing matrix, as well as more permanent plates.

By the end of the day, you will have an increased knowledge of the potential of monochrome images through print. You will have played with the shape of the plate and explored textured and raised effects. The aim is for each print you make to give you a sense of discovery. You will leave with a collection of samples and a small edition of prints.

Course Materials


The College will provide some newsprint, card, tissue paper and good quality printing paper per person, plus some blotting paper to share amongst the group.

All necessary equipment will be provided for use on the course.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil and pen
  • PVA glue, glue spreader and/or brush
  • Your own printing paper if you have some, ideally hot pressed and a minimum of 250gms
  • Circle cutter ruler if you have one
  • Cereal packaging
  • Textured papers, such as doilies, sandpaper, textured wallpaper, lace, stiff fabric, twine, thin plastic-coated wire and jigsaw pieces (thin) – all must be clean. Otherwise they will leave a mark when printing

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Daily Timetable

Course teaching day 11am–5.15pm
Students arrive between 10.30am-11am (coffee optional)  
Morning teaching starts at 11am 
Lunch break between 1pm-2pm (lunch is not included)
Afternoon teaching starts at 2pm (15 minute tea break, 3.30pm–3.45pm)
Teaching finishes 5.15pm  

General Information

Short courses are open to anyone aged 18 and over. The course fee covers tuition and materials where stated. You will need to bring all other items listed under the ‘Materials to bring’ section.


Coffee and tea are included in the course fee, but you will need to bring lunch with you to eat in the refreshments room. There are also plenty of other local venues to purchase food.


If you have any specific access needs, we will need to know about your access requirements in advance. Please tell us about your needs in confidence by emailing: [email protected] This venue has steps to the front reception, with limited access via a side gate to the ground floor. There is a small lift to higher floors or stairs.


Short course students are required to sign a safety compliance form as part of West Dean Health and Safety regulations.

Refunds and cancellations

Please refer to our terms & conditions below.


The information given is accurate at the time of publication. However, West Dean College reserves the right to cancel or amend courses if circumstances require.

Terms & Conditions


Caroline Wendling Tutor at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Caroline Wendling

Core Team Tutor - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
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.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.