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Beginner's Guide to Linocut


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Table of Contents


What is linocut?

Fine art versus craft versus illustration

Tools and Materials

Cutting tools

Additional tools


Using your cutting tools

Printing inks


Your workspace


1 Draw

2 Cut

3 Print

4 Repeat


  1. Pattern Sampler
  2. Dragonfly Quartet
  3. From Photograph to Print
  4. Printing Text
  5. Two-tone Teapot
  6. Leaf Print Wrapping Paper
  7. Greeting Cards
  8. Seed Packets
  9. Jam Jar Labels and Lids
  10. Printed Fabric Wash Bag

Templates and Motifs


About the Author

Susan Yeates is a printmaker, tutor and published author. She has written and self-published four books including Learning Linocut (2011), an Amazon no. 1 best-selling printmaking book providing a comprehensive introduction to relief printing and Learn to Earn from Printmaking - An essential guide to creating and marketing a printmaking business (2016).

Susan has been printmaking since she was at school. She obtained a printmaking degree from Loughborough University in the UK, and has been teaching printmaking courses and workshops since 2003. As well as spending time creating her own prints and drawings, Susan is a qualified yoga teacher and has a passion for combining mindfulness and art.

Susan lives and works in Surrey, UK and continues to teach printmaking.


I have to admit that it was the stunning lino print of the vintage singer sewing machine on the front cover that initially drew me towards this book but I am so glad it did as this book is fabulous! As a novice to linocuts, this book inspires and energises me to try it without feeling daunted or overwhelmed! That's the sign of a fantastic book.The book begins by explaining about linocut as a relief print before discussing the tools and materials needed including types of lino, tracing papers, cutting tools and paints.

There are then 10 projects for you to explore linocutting including a sampler, a positive/negative quartet, a vintage singer sewing machine, leaf prints and text prints. I really love the layout of the book as it is incredibly easy to navigate, the photography is stunning and the instructions are clear and inspiring. A book that goes through the process so methodically definitely makes me feel in safe hands! - I can't wait to begin making linocuts!

-- Naomi Clarke * @naomialicec *

This contemporary guide shows readers how to construct beautiful linocut prints at home. The technique has undergone a resurgence in recent years and this new title by artist Susan Yeates will teach readers the basic techniques. The author explains the rudiments of linocutting and reveals how to create 10 attainable projects including greetings cards, artworks, jam labels and tea towels. Packed with useful tips and suggestions, Susan Yeates' beautiful book offers a fresh take on an age-old medium.

* Craft Focus Magazine, Issue 71 (Feb/March 2019) *

A slim yet good guide to linocuts for beginners at a very reasonable price. Every step is explained and you will quickly be able to make prints. Try your hand at 10 projects by using the full-size templates. You can also inject your own creativity and make your own designs. Find out about linocut, materials, workspace, techniques, projects and templates. Discover how to draw, cut, print and repeat. Great step by step instructions with colour photos making it so easy to follow. Fun projects. I found the section photograph to linocut very interesting. This book covers more than just the basics, including working with text and two-tone prints, printing wrapping paper, gift tags and cards, labels, colour blends and printing on fabric. Recommended for beginners.

-- Karen Platt * *

You really don't need to know anything about lino cutting to be able to use this book - it truly is for the beginner. It starts by explaining what you need and why, and showing the variety of tools and materials available. Set up your workstation, learn how to transfer a drawing or tracing and how to carve and print. All this is shown in several short chapters using plenty of staged photographs complete with tips. It is a foolproof method that takes the process step by step, helping the learner avoid the usual beginner mistakes and use the tools safely and correctly. The rest of the book contains ten projects, starting with a simple sampler where you can practise using different tips and explore the range of mark making. Discover how to make a line drawing from a photograph, explore positive and negative images, work with text and print an image using more than one colour. Use your blocks to decorate your own cards and wrapping paper, make seed packets so you can store (or give away) your harvested seeds and use fabric inks to print your own wash bag. I confess that printing on fabric was what I wanted the book for, but regardless of what type of ink you are going to use the practice projects will stand you in good stead.

I haven't done any linocutting since school but this book made me go and buy a kit and take the hobby up again. Inspiring and very user friendly, this really does teach anybody (older children included) how to linocut.

-- Rachel Hyde * *

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