Experimental printmaking with Caroline Wendling

Ref: SWE32027

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About this course

Use stencils, painting and cutting effects, registration, overprinting and inking to produce relief prints with a hand press.

Course Description

Learn how to make prints using simple but effective techniques and materials. This course is structured to give you a step-by-step guide to relief printmaking, with the opportunity to experiment with designs and materials.

During the course, you will make several print blocks from lino using cutting tools and craft knives. The tutor will show you how to make a registration board to register your paper and printing plate in order to achieve multiple overprinting. Inking methods will be demonstrated and explained to enable you to achieve the desired outcome. You will learn how to create shapes and planes using stencils, and be encouraged to experiment with the viscosity of the inks to discover which are suited to different types of design. There will be the opportunity to explore both multi-coloured and monochrome printing methods.

At the end of the course, you will have discovered how to make sophisticated prints at home on your kitchen table, with simple materials and no press. You will have gained a good understanding of the possibilities and the qualities of materials used to print with during the course. You will have learned to register and print from several blocks. You will have produced a small edition of prints and several monoprints.

This is a course where a sense of experimentation will be required.


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 course fee includes the cost of providing some materials shared amongst the group, including lino – two A5 pieces to get you started, relief inks in yellow, cyan, magenta, black and white, some cartridge paper, tissue paper and a selection of other printing papers, including Japanese printing papers. You may well need to purchase more paper during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Protective clothing
  • Sketchbook and sketches that you can use as inspiration for your prints
  • Printing paper and printing materials
  • Drawing materials
  • Brushes, scissors, craft knife, masking tape

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials are available to buy, including printing paper, printing materials, drawing materials, brushes, scissors, craft knives and masking tape.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Monoprinting plates and Nori paste, which the tutor will have available to sell for those who want them.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


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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