About the course

I will show you how to create a simple one colour linocut print, using softcut lino and water-based inks at home.

Have you always wanted to have a go at linocut printing?

Want to try a new, hands-on and colourful creative skill?

I want to inspire you to get creative!

Learn how to...

  • Create a simple one colour linocut print.
  • Carve a variety of mark making techniques using linocut tools.
  • Create your own design or use the design templates provided.
  • Print your design by hand, using water-based inks.  
  • Make linocut prints that you can frame or make into cards.

The course includes...

  • Online self-paced learning.
  • Instructional videos, including with step by step guides.
  • Design templates and tools and equipment advice as downloadable PDF’s
  • Hints and tips.
  • Creative community and support.

This course is aimed at beginners and those wanting to develop their skills a bit further. 

Being a self taught linocut artist, I understand many of the problems and challenges you may encounter. I want to help you by sharing my skills and the things that I’ve learnt.

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Course Trailer


"I have had great fun making my first linocut print, by following Michelle's on-line instruction course. I'm a complete beginner, and so was curious to see how linocut works. 

The video guides for each lesson, and section of development, were clear, and offered useful hints and tips. Following the practice advice of mark making with the tools was especially good to follow, as this then gave me the confidence to explore my own marks and patterns for my first print design. 

The whole process was good fun, and I was really pleased that I finished with prints that I can now send as presents to friends. 

I'm hooked and can't wait to have another go, and make some cards. The joy is that I can do this anytime, and just refer back to each lesson whenever I need to. 

So big thanks to you, Michelle."

About your teacher

Linocut artist

Michelle Hughes

I’m Michelle Hughes, a professional linocut artist and designer in York, UK. Training in fashion design, I worked in the design industry as a surface pattern, giftware, homeware and clothing designer, developing ranges for high street retailers for 25 years. In 2016, I set up my own business, to create my own range of linocut prints. My inspiration is taken from British landscapes and nature around the UK. I sell my original linocut prints through my online shop, art galleries and events. I teach linocut workshops in my York garden studio. To date, I have taught nearly 40 in-person workshops to over 150 students. I started out on a shoestring, spending £20 on beginners lino cutting equipment. Things snowballed from there!

Course reviews

5 star rating


Richard Brett

I have been wanting to do some linocut printing for a long time but have always been too nervous to make the leap as I was unsure of where to begin. This cou...

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I have been wanting to do some linocut printing for a long time but have always been too nervous to make the leap as I was unsure of where to begin. This course was just the thing I needed; it has taught me all the basics, inspired me and I am now confident enough to start. Thank you Michelle

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Julie Ashfield

Great, very informative. Can’t wait to make my first test prints.

Great, very informative. Can’t wait to make my first test prints.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1 - Introduction

    • Welcome & lesson plan pdf

    • Lesson 1 - Introduction

    • Tools and equipment pdf

    • Studio tour

    • Video about my work

    • Creative Support

  • 2

    Lesson 2 - Carving lino

    • Lesson 2 - Carving lino

  • 3

    Lesson 3 - Inking and printing lino

    • Lesson 3 - Printing lino

  • 4

    Lesson 4 - Planning your design

    • Lesson 4 - Planning your design

  • 5

    Lesson 5 - Projects to try

    • Lesson 5 - Projects to try

    • Bonus demo - Carving & printing meadow floral

  • 6

    Lesson 6 - Resources

    • Lesson 6 - Resources & support

    • Resources, support & thank you pdf

    • 10 hand drawn botanical and nature themed design templates pdf

    • Inspiration - 10 pages of photos of plants and flowers from my garden pdf


Introductory offer until 31 July 2020


  • What specific tools and materials do I need to do the course?

    A beginners set of linocut tools which includes, lino tools, a roller, some lino and one ink can be bought for around £20 - £25. Beginner lino cutting tools - Approx £5 - £8. Soft cut or easy carve lino - Pack of A5 (150x100mm ) x 5 sheets approx £4. Water based printing inks - Approx £8 per colour. Ink roller or brayer - Approx £5. Full details in my course notes or read an overview in my blog https://www.michellehughesdesign.com/post/2018/07/02/lino-cutting-equipment

  • What other materials do I need to do the course?

    General art supplies: Pencils, pens and rubber. Steel rule. Knife. Craft knife steel rule and cutting matt. Paper. Tracing paper. Other useful things: Glass to roll ink onto. Wooden spoon.

  • Is this course suitable for complete beginners?

    Yes. This course is aimed at beginners and those wanting to develop their skills a bit further.

  • Help, I can’t draw!

    Don’t worry. I have drawn a selection of nature and botanical themed templates for you to downloadable and use.

  • Is there any online support if I have any questions?

    Yes. My Facebook group is a closed group that is open to anyone who has been on my courses or workshops. You can also email me directly and I will endeavour to answer any questions once a week.

  • When does the course start and how long do I have access to the course??

    The course is self-paced. You will now have full access to this course for one year, so that you can study at your own pace and home.

  • How long does the course take?

    The skills that I will teach you are the same as my one day, in-person workshops. After practicing mark making, students have one hour to carve their final design. With my online course you can revisit each of the techniques demoed in the videos and carve and print as many or as complex linocut designs as you like.

  • Do I need internet access for the course?

    Yes. The videos are all available to stream. The PDF's are available to download.

  • Where can I see examples of previous students work?

    See images and read blogs from my linocut printing workshops at... https://www.michellehughesdesign.com/blog/categories/linocut-workshops