Lithino – lithography on lino – an eco printmaking technique with Mary Dalton

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About this course

Learn how to use traditional lino to create expressive lithographic marks combined with graphic lino cut. The perfect media for unique, dynamic printmaking on a press and by hand.

Course Description

On this course, you will learn about this new technique, developed and researched by your tutor, called Lithino or lithography on lino. This is one of a handful of workshops taught by your tutor in the UK, exploring this exciting and innovative development in printmaking.

You will learn how to use traditional artists’ lino to generate lithographic marks on the surface and print the lino as a lithographic matrix, as well as a lino cut one. The lithographic marks will enable you to produce a more drawn and painterly quality to the print, using crayons, pencils, dip pens, brushes and much more to generate a range of expressive marks. This is all drawn upon the surface of the lino before processing happens to stabilise the image and lino matrix. Throughout the whole process, the lino may also be treated as a classic lino cut, introducing more graphic qualities into the work.

You will be shown how to process and print lithographically as well as relief. The lino is printed under an etching press and by hand to generate dynamic and unique prints.

You will predominately be working in monochrome to get a complete understanding of the technique, although colour can be introduced if you wish to.

Lithino is suited to small editions or best for unique prints, celebrating printmaking as a one-off event.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course, the tutor will supply some of the materials, including specialist lithographic supplies.
  • The College will supply some of the materials, including lino, paper, ink, drawing equipment and printing equipment.

What students need to bring

  • Old clothes/apron
  • Any inspiration (sketchbooks, objects, ideas, etc.)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including lino, paper, lino tools.

Additional information

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


Mary Dalton

Mary trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen. Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.


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

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