We first met local artist, Jenny Preston at the Village Market where she sells her lino and reduction prints. We love her prints of Deal and seaside objects. So we were pretty excited when Jenny invited us along to one of her printmaking workshops.
The session was held at her home in Deal. The walls decorated with artwork, some Jenny's creations, others pieces collected. After arriving, everyone was introduced over cups of tea and mince pies. All the tools we'd need for our creations were laid out on the table for us, so it was time to get cracking.
Jenny had laid out some ideas to get for us to look at, then she did a demonstration of the cutting process- her knife expertly carving out a miniature bauble design.
After much deliberation we decided to create a festive version of our studio logo, adding a little Santa hat onto the finger. We found it tricky deciding which parts would be cut out and which would be in relief on the page. But luckily Jenny's experience as an art teacher came in handy and she helped guide us through the stages with ease.
The actual carving of the lino was therapeutic, and the group became quiet as we all focused on our design. Some of us had done lino cutting at school using mostly blunted knives, so having proper equipment for the job made light work of cutting through the lino.
Next, the application of the ink. Jenny had just about any colour you can imagine on hand to print with. Seeing some of the other striking examples, we went with black the first time round. The best part was peeling back the card to reveal the print on the other side.
After getting the hang of the printing process we decided to try the gold ink, which produced a stunning effect. We were so happy with our little collection of cards, we hung them in our studio for a day while the ink properly dried, and were a little sad to take them down again.
The process was the perfect amount of challenging and fun. It was a great way to spend an afternoon, and we came away with some special Christmas cards to send out to family and friends. Stay tuned for details of Jenny's 2020 workshops. In the meantime visit her at The Village Market and her Etsy page online.