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Book School : lino cuts and split fountain with Joe Buchannan

11 Apr 2019 to 18 Apr 2019
6-8pm, Thurs 11 & Thurs 18 April
A two-part workshop to cut an image in lino and print with blended colours with printer Joe Buchannan
Event type: 
Art, Craft, Workshop/Seminar
$80 unwaged, $100 waged
The Old Shebang
93 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington


Book School is an 8-week series that takes participants from writing through to production and all the way to the book launch. Come to one or come to all.

This is a two-part workshop to create and print your own lino-cut!

Part 1: Planning a simple linocut image to accompany letterpress printing. You’ll learn to transfer the image to lino and cut it. Attendees should find or create a simple image, A5 or smaller, and bring this to the workshop as a black and white photocopy or laserprint.

Part 2: In part 2 you’ll mount a linocut on a block, raising it to type height and then print it on an Adana, including using split fountain techniques to print simple multi-colour images.


Joe Buchanan began letterpress printing in the late 1980s. printing stickers, leaflets and zines in support of peace and human rights activism. After completing a PhD in marine biology he began printing linocuts and letterpress as Diatom Press, specialising in seaweeds and other native species. He lives in Paekākāriki with his partner and two daughters.

Written by

Ya-Wen Ho

12 Mar 2019