Welcome to the Bracken Press PRINT-workshop website

Intaglio (etching, drypoint, aquatint)

& block printing & wood engraving

(lino-prints, surface printing) & letterpress

Established 1974.


This introductory course will introduce you to lino / surface printing with hands on experience.

At the end of the  two days intensive course you should have printed several proofs of your design and a limited edition of at least 10 prints which you will have printed to take home with you.

Another surface printing technique being wood engraving. Both lino & wood engraving can be experienced on the same 2 day course.

Course dates for 2021

Day 1

Introduction to block printing, the basics.

Reversing your image.

Transferring your design to the block.

Safe cutting, the principles.

Proofing your design, quick methods of seeing what you've cut.

Making other blocks to compliment your design.


The principles of registration.

Other materials one can use.

Day 2

Adjusting the press.

The Albion platen press, use and abuse.

Colour printing, viscosity printing, overlays, the basics.

Printing your design.

Registration marks.

Overlaying of colours

Editioning your finished Lino print.

Care of the equipment, solvents used etc.

Other materials that can be used for block printing.

At the close of the day you should have achieved a printing of at least an edition of 10 prints.

Included in the course fee:-

A comprehensive list of current suppliers of materials.


Printing inks and consumables are included in the course fee.

Hand made paper.

The Albion Press 1889

Size:Double crown


The Harrild & Sons Table top Albion Press

Fleet Works, London E.C. 1869

Platen size : 16 x 11 inches (fools cap)

Bed size:   19 x 13 inches

Tympan + frisket

Cast iron approximate weight .5 ton.

Used for text / lino-prints / wood engraving.