"I had such a great day, I didn't want to stop"

In February each year I run lino cut print making workshops. The classes are on Saturdays in Thornhill, the village near my home in Dumfries and Galloway, Southwest Scotland. They take place upstairs at Thomas Tosh, a spacious former parish hall, now a gift shop and popular café. I only have six students in each class so that they get plenty of attention. There is time to make lots of work, and to experiment with colour as well. I supply all tools and equipment.

Beginners are welcome, as well as more experienced students, minimum age 16.

An excellent lunch and refreshments are included in the price.

Gift tokens are available if you would like to buy a class as a Christmas present.

The cost for one day 10.00 am – 4.00 pm is £70. You can book more than one class. Bookings are taken at

Do contact me with any other questions.

Just a quick email to say "thank you" for Saturday's workshop. I thought the atmosphere in the class was lovely, and having seen the work the other members of the group were producing I now feel even more inspired to press on with the linocutting... I fair bounded out of bed on Sunday morning to get on with someone's birthday card. So thank you – and I think printing inks could well be on my Christmas list this year!

Alison Robertson

Two colour lino cut print by John Colbeck

Notes on tools and materials:

My students use a lino substitute that is easier for beginners to cut: Easy cut lino, supplied by

All my other materials: cutting tools, rollers and inks are supplied by

The fine wooden press is made locally by Sam Samson

A set of three artist quality lino cut tools that I recommend to students:

  • G 3 - a small u-shape
  • G 5 - a larger U-shape
  • V 10 - a V-shape

I recommend a 90 mm durathene roller, student quality [the rubber rollers are cheaper but are inclined to distort as they have a wooden core].

The inks that I use are: Lawrence original linseed oil based relief printing ink.