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Lino Print Card Workshop

October 20 & 21, 2017

Instructor: Jennifer Stead
Friday October 20 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to Basic Lino Block Print making technique
Learn how to prepare your drawing and transfer it to the linoleum
Saturday October 21 12:30 – 4:30
Carving your block
Printing a proof…or two!
Printing your 4.5 x 6″ cards
Cost: $40.00 per person, all supplies provided.
Call the Gallery @ 392-6769 or email
info@mccainartgallery.com to register.
Enrollment is limited.

A Carl Schaeffer ink design for a Christmas card in the National Gallery of Canada Collection
The tradition of Christmas card giving started in Britain in the 1840s. By the 1860s developments in printing techniques allowed it to become a tradition so that by 1900 Christmas cards were popular all over Europe as well as in Canada and were mass produced. In the first half of the 20th century, Canadian artists started their own tradition of making unique, hand printed cards with linoleum, woodblock or silk screen, sometimes hand tinting each card individually. Carl Schaefer made many black and white card designs which are the simplest to do and are still elegant and festive. Here are some other examples.

This card of the family cutting a Christmas tree uses 5 colours and is called a Reduction Print, which is a bit more complicated with a few more stages ( 1 per colour) and requires more preparation in the drawing stage. Making a reduction print is bit like solving a puzzle –  good for your brain, fun and you’ll feel very pleased with yourself.

This card by  A. Y. Jackson, another prolific card maker and sender like many of the Group of Seven, printed the black and then hand painted the colour after the ink had dried. Easy, quick and satisfying.


October 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
October 21, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
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