Clare Melinsky

Illustration / Printmaking • Green Route

I make lino cut prints commissioned for illustration: book covers and biscuit tins, museums and magazines, palaces and postage stamps. Plants and the countryside are constant themes, also historical subjects. Three times a year I teach lino cut workshops at Higham Hall in the Lake District.

Images of studio
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My Practice

I work in the front room of my home in a quiet village. I cut an image into a piece of linoleum with sharp gouges. I roll ink onto the lino, and take a print using a large cast iron platen press. Most of my images are A4 or A5 size, the same size as a book cover for example. I like to see the rough texture and the quality of the cut line.

Most of my work is commissioned by a publisher or advertising agency, and appears on book covers, packaging and in the pages of magazines.

Tools & Materials

The flooring quality linoleum that I use is supplied by Forbo, who have been manufacturing linoleum in Kirkcaldy since the 1860’s. The ink and tools are supplied by TN Lawrence, who have been supplying the printing trade since 1859.
I also do use Photoshop on my computer to repair any mistakes in the final artwork, or to enhance colours.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

There will be a table with ink and a roller. Visitors can roll ink onto one of my lino cuts and make a print using the small press. Take the print home with you: no charge.

Spring Fling Friends Offer

free mini print

Studio 74


Highland Cottage, Gatelawbridge, Thornhill, DG3 5EA



three steps up from front door.

  • Stairs (3 steps up to front door)


  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (3 spaces)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted

Visiting my studio

Although Covid restrictions have been relaxed caution is still advised. Given the limited amount of space in my hallway, we would ask that masks are worn unless you are exempt. We shall be monitoring the number of people in the space, and have our doors open to improve air circulation. If the space gets crowded, it may be necessary to request that visitors wait outside before entry.

Connect with Clare

FB: Clare Melinsky Illustration

Instagram: @melinskyclare

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