Woodcut

Woodcut is one of the oldest relief printmaking techniques. A design or drawing is made on a piece of wood and the untouched areas are then cut away with gouges, leaving the raised image which can then be inked and transferred.

About this process

Woodcut is one of the simplest and oldest forms of relief printmaking. Its roots date back to ninth century China. Following trade routes in the Islamic world, the technique spread through Asia and Europe. It wasn’t until the development of large-scale papermaking operations in the fifteenth century that relief printing became economically viable as a means of printing for mass distribution of religious and informative imagery of all kinds.

A reverse design or drawing is made on a piece of wood and the untouched areas are then cut away with gouges, leaving the raised image which can then be inked and transferred to paper or fabric.

Tailored Courses

All of the processes we teach are available to book on an individual basis.

These courses will enable you to get the undivided attention of your tutor, allowing us to tailor the course specifically to your interests, ensuring you get the most out of your time with us. 

These courses are available to book on an individual (one-to-one) basis, or in groups of up to 4 people. All of our tailored course prices include refreshments, materials and in-depth notes.

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Banks Mill Studios
71 Bridge Street
Derby
DE1 3LB

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