A brief biography


Mariann has worked full time as a printmaker for the last 20 years. Almost completely self taught she is also uniquely attuned to the first time printmaker and is able to guide you to the best results. She can talk about printmaking for hours, or until someone shuts her up!


Mariann was born in Denmark and has lived in Spain, Brunei, Singapore, Spain again and now has returned to her Danish roots on the island of Møn in the south of Denmark, where she used to spend her childhood summers.


Her inspiration comes from nature with a great fascination for the miracles of birds and fish. With her Welsh born husband and 2 dogs, she spends hr free time walking the countryside and beaches around her home.


Mariann mainly prints on paper, but has over the last 5 years developed

printing her linocuts on textiles, making cushion covers and wall hangings. She collages with her linocuts on fabrics, creating large pieces that are also embroidered.


Visit her homepage to see examples of her work:



During this workshop you will be exploring the craft of linocutting, using your lino plates to print on everything from paper to fabric.



Arrival and settle in day. Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Mariann will show some samples of her work and she will explain how they were achieved.



Today you will spend time collecting and finding ideas for your linocuts. We start with drawings and sketches or photographs and Mariann will help you to adapt them into images that are suitable to be cut in lino. Ideas can come from a project you already have in mind or from nature, a never ending source of inspiration, especially with spring around the corner. Imagery depends quite a bit on what your project is but Mariann will help to find the best solutions.



A morning outing followed by finalising the images chosen, transferring them to the easy cut lino and a demonstration about the actual cutting of the lino.



You spend the day cutting the lino and proofing the plates, that is, printing them for the first time to see what they look like printed. You have plenty of time for amendments and additions. You then start printing the plates on to the bases you have chosen for your prints.



We continue printing the lino plates and then we share our plates, that is, make layer prints, where one plate is printed on top of another, for a fun and multicoloured print. We also have a look at how to embellish the prints and what can be used.



Today is an outing day. The studio will be open on your return to continue working.



Finishing techniques. You will be using the day to finish your projects and make them up into items of your choice.



Today we will say our goodbyes and 'tie up any loose ends'.

You will have a chance to talk to Mariann about how you can

use your plates when you get home, printing them without a press.

Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave. If you have driven down you are free to leave anytime before 2pm.

Adventures in Lino Printing! with

Mariann Johansen Ellis


February 23rd - March 2nd 2018 - 2 places left


The Spring 2018 course has 2 places available. To reserve one of these last places email



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