Lino Printing



The weather was wet, cold and miserable, and yet it did not matter because I had a great time at a print workshop, held at the Prospect Studios in Waterfoot, Lancashire. It was great to remove myself from the office and to get back to practical basics. I produced a series of floral and foliage prints using Japanese lino. Compared to standard lino, Japanese lino is thicker, softer and much easier to cut into. What I like about this technique is how you can concentrate on shapes and colour, and can apply some texture, which I did within the leaves in my prints.

It took me approximately two hours to sketch and cut out the floral and foliage shapes. Whilst being hasty, concerned that I would run out of time, I cut into my finger. A warning to all who might try this technique; the cutting knives are very sharp! I just wanted to start printing and seeing my lino shapes in colour!

A good thing about cutting out each shape individually is that you can play around with different compositions. I also experimented with a few varieties of colour combinations and wanted some sombre shades i.e. pale greys with charcoal greys or purple, along with brighter yellows, greens and reds.

Alan Birch, whom I have known for a number of years and who has run the print workshops for some time now, helped me to gather the necessary materials and reminded me what to do after each process (it has been a while since I last did lino printing).

Follow this website address if you would like to find out about his print workshops and about his work –

Below are a couple of prints that I produced and which have been cleaned up with PhotoShop. I will be using these to create some designs that I have planned in the near future:






Print- 2



Pictures I took during my time spent in the workshop.


Brightly coloured water-based inks


Bright printing colours



Purple oil-based ink


Oil colour



Cutting knives





Initial shape outlines being carved out


Initial shapes



Foliage shapes cut out, ready for printing


Cut out shapes



All ready to go!


Laid out shapes



First print


Wet print



Prints hanging to dry


Prints hanging up to dry



Wet prints


Hanging prints



My working space





Student’s work


Student's work










I was approached to design an infographic, pointing out 5 ways to protect against insider threats, for the Open University.

I thoroughly enjoyed researching different styles of infographics and design layouts for this brief. A huge percentage of my time was spent researching and coming up with ideas, to illustrate each section on security.

I was given specific guidelines, such as, what fonts, colours,dimensions and the ‘overall look’ to work to. I just loved producing the illustrations, then putting all the elements together!

The illustrations were created in Illustrator, then the pieces were placed together in InDesign. I like using InDesign, as I find it comfortable to work with.

See below the final infographic and each seperate illustration.






Illustrations used in the infographic

Infographics components