Linocut Basics

Print & Book Arts

Linocut Basics

Learn about the process, tools, and materials for relief printing and take home your own carved block and prints.


$171.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$213.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 8/24/2024 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sat, 8/24/2024

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Class, No Prerequisite

BARN Print & Book Studio



Linocut is a very accessible printmaking process - and SO much fun! Learn the fundamental methods so you can continue your creative explorations at home or here at BARN.

Techniques taught in this workshop:

  • Preparing your block.
  • Cutting techniques and mark-making on a sample block.
  • Creating a design for your linocut print and transferring your image to the block.
  • Carving your block.
  • Inking it up.
  • Printing your block, both by hand and on a press.
  • Learning about and testing different printmaking papers and other substrates.

You'll be carving on unmounted battleship gray linoleum and experimenting with some softer printing blocks as well.

Bring ideas, drawings, and reference materials for your design. There also will be some ready-to-transfer designs available. Blocks provided will be five inches by seven inches, so design for that size or smaller.


  • Experience level: All levels.
  • Bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.
  • This class serves as a prerequisite to the next level of Kathy Anderson's linocut classes, which will be offered in September.


You'll leave the class with a five-inch by seven-inch carved block and finished prints. You'll also get a list of materials and locations where you can find everything you need to continue your journey with linocut printing.


A $30 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers everything you'll need:

  • Battleship gray linoleum blocks, five inches by seven inches.
  • Carving tools.
  • Caligo Safewash relief ink (oil based but water soluble).
  • Printmaking paper.
  • Pencils, scratch paper, and transfer paper for creating and transferring an image.
  • Ink knives for conditioning and mixing ink.
  • Brayers
  • Aprons

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Kathryn Anderson

Kathryn Anderson is an artist, printmaker, and Tacoma resident. She studied at The Art Students League in New York and was a fine arts printmaking major at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. She sells her work internationally and is represented by two galleries in Washington state. She is most inspired by the natural world, and many of her works show the influence of her gardening, bird watching, and excursions into the wild. She focuses mainly on printmaking, specifically linocut and etching. Learn more at and

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