HO-HO-HOME Made: Leah’s Lino

Welcome to HOME Made, where we’re delving into some of the cool skills and hobbies our clever bunch of Homies have.

This time we’re catching up with our Marketing Manager, Leah Groom, about her festive lino prints.

What is it you do?

Lino printing!

How long have you been doing it?

I first learnt how to lino print back in GCSE art days, but picked it up again in 2017, as I wanted to do something crafty in my spare time.

How often do you do it?

I print my own repeat pattern wrapping paper every Christmas, and then might do a few other prints throughout the year. This was last year’s Christmas design:

What do you love about it?

I enjoy the process, and it’s a really nice way to focus on something which isn’t a screen! Plus, now that I’m in the fourth year of wrapping paper printing it’s starting to feel like a tradition and is a nice way to kick off the festive season – mince pies and a Christmas film on in the background are mandatory.

How did you get into it?

I have my favourite art teacher Mrs Williams to thank for that! I had a dig through my phone and found this photo of her a friend sent me from 2013 when I was late to class… You’re welcome.

Any top tips for people wanting to try it out?

Have some plasters on hand. Until you get used to how much pressure to put on and remember to keep your other hand out of the way, you will likely get a few stab wounds from the cutter – but it is fun, I promise!

Have you had any epic fails along the way?

The first print from a new lino is always a bit like the first pancake… It takes a few test runs to make sure you’ve cut away all the areas you don’t want to appear, and to make sure you’ve got the right amount of ink.

What has your proudest moment been?

I love giving people gifts wrapped in my own paper and seeing their reaction when they realise it’s hand-printed – people always seem to appreciate the extra effort.

What is your favourite thing you’ve done so far?

I think my prints gets a bit better/tidier each year as I (slowly!) improve, and I really like this year’s celestial print. Here are some photos of the process:

Written by:

Leah Groom Marketing Manager


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