Christmas Lino Printing with SouthSeaEyes

On 9th November, we had a brilliant time creating Christmas cards in a lino printing workshop with SouthSeaEyes. Here we share an insight into the session and plenty of photos!

Nusye from SouthSeaEyes always brings all the equipment required to make some beautiful prints, and gives a clear demonstration. She provides a selection of SouthSeaEyes’ commercially-viable, pre-prepared hand-carved blocks, which means there are plenty of designs for people to choose from for their printing.

A photo taken with a wide-angle lens of a group of people standing around a round table while one person demonstrates how to do lino printing. Some of the people are wearing blue plastic aprons, and the person doing the demonstration is wearing a brown leather apron. | VOS
A photo of a person demonstrating how to do lino printing. They are standing at a round table, leaning over to point at something. They are wearing a brown leather apron. | VOS

This time, the options chosen included an A6 battleship grey lino block, using layering printing techniques to create multiple cards of stags, hinds and penguins, and a ‘Merry Christmas’ bauble. One person used a block that has been prepared on the day for the session, and made several printed cards for their grandchild.

Two people also decided to carve their own blocks! One of them is actually a woodcarver, so has innate knowledge of the Pfeil tools and was able to create and design specifically-detailed cards. The other carved an entire holly wreath on an A6 lino block, and printed multiple cards over the course of the session.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed expressing their creativity and was pleased with their end result prints on paper and cards.

A photo of someone holding up a piece of paper with a lino printing design printed on it. They are wearing a brown leather apron and on the table next to them are paints and other lino printing equipment. | VOS

← We’d like to say a huge thank you to Nusye from SouthSeaEyes, not only for this Christmas-themed lino printing session, but for all the other incredible workshops she has led for our veterans.


Watch this video featuring everyone’s final artwork results, taken at the end of the workshop by VOS CEO, Ian Millen! →


If you’d like to attend a future lino printing workshop, check out our monthly programme of wellbeing activities and contact or call 02392 731 767 to book your place!

Plus, many thanks to Southern Co-op for providing mince pies for the evening; they certainly helped keep the creative juices flowing!

If you’re a veteran from the UK Armed Forces or the Merchant Navy (from any time of service) or a partner to one, VOS would love for you to join our community. We are here to offer our support: call us on 02392 731 767, visit an upcoming drop-in, or email

VOS is immensely grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, as without their support and funding we would not be able to provide activities such as this one.


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