Embossed printmaking with Caroline Wendling

Ref: SWE13340

Location: West Dean
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About this course

E xplore surface, texture and light in printmaking. Make three dimensional plates using various materials, then take sculptural prints from them using a press.

Course Description

Embossing is a technique in which a print can be traditionally made from a multitude of plates, such as metal, lino, wood or card. On this two-day course, you will learn how to create a plate out of card. You will learn how to design, construct, cut and print your newly made plate with a press to make a sculptural print. You will create prints with raised effects of differing textures and height. You will then develop the techniques of blind embossing printing to get the most out of your designs and explore the properties of white on white and the interplay of light on your work. You will learn to use an etching press, as well as a relief press.

The tutor will demonstrate the techniques and will support you with one-to-one guidance. There will also be a group review. Several prints will be pulled during the course. Experimentation with surface texture will be demonstrated and tested. You will be encouraged to develop a personal language with the new skills learned.

By the end of the course, you will have increased knowledge of the potential of monochrome images through print. You will have played with the shape of the plate and explored the cut and raised area. The aim is for each print you make to give you a sense of discovery. You will leave with a collection of samples and several finished 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 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


  • The College will provide some sample paper and card to try out, shared amongst the group – you can then purchase your preferred paper from the shop.

What students need to bring

  • A sketchbook with a few ideas
  • Good scissors, scalpel and craft knives
  • Brushes for applying glue
  • Textured papers such as doilies, sandpaper, textured wallpaper, lace, string, rafia… all must be clean otherwise they will leave a mark when printing.
  • A small selection of recycled paper of different weight and card (such as cereal packaging)
  • PVA glue or glue stick if you have them

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A selection of papers for your prints
  • Card for further works
  • PVA glue or glue stick
  • Scalpel or craft knife and spare blades
  • Available from tutor:
  • Material for creating texture

Additional information

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


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.


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

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