Archive | August, 2013

Places available on Level 3 Printmaking Course!!

29 Aug

There are still places available on this level 3 course in Printmaking, so if you have any basic experience this is a great course for helping you to develop your skills and techniques!!

Monoprint, Lino cut, Dry Point engraving, Collagraph (and possibly Screen print and Etching)!

The course will be held on Fridays from 9am til 1pm at Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich and is run by Gini Hanbury and myself, we just need a few more enrolments to ensure that the course can go ahead! Please take a look at the following link!


Thank you!!


Finished Rabbit Collagraphs

21 Aug

Title tbc (Rabbit Collagraph) £30 unframed £50 framed


I’m aware that these still look a tad like Peter Rabbit but I am really pleased with them.  There are a few variations but I’ve mainly tried to get the inking up more consistent and now have a better idea of how to problem solve when doing this printing process. I wasn’t happy with some of the prints I did last week but because I used oil based inks I was able to re-soak the paper and print over some of the less successful ones, so I now have 12 that are ready to sell!


Title tbc £30 unframed

Rabbit Collograph

12 Aug

I spent the morning printing the rabbit collograph that I prepared yesterday and have got some good results, although it took me a while to get the right amount of ink right as it is quite a textured surface.  These are the prints so far, but I will be doing some more variations next week to make to most of the design before it falls apart!


Another Collagraph in Progress..

11 Aug

I unexpectedly got my creative hat on this afternoon!

Here is another Collagraph of what will be a white rabbit, ready to print tomorrow!

IMAG0809Rabbit Collagraph



ps, this is my cat Holmes being unhelpful in the process!

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Dodo Collagraph!

9 Aug

I had a really fun day off on Wednesday printing these dodo collagraphs and although some of them are a bit fluffy I am really pleased with my productive day! Thanks to Gini Hanbury, Printmaking Tutor at Wensum Lodge Norwich, I am going to be teaching monoprint, lino cut and collagraph from the end of October so I thought I should practice the techniques myself so that I would be able to show the learners some first hand examples.

Collagraph printing is a really tactile method of printmaking where you basically use a thick piece of card or plastic and collage different textures and shapes to the surface to create an image.  You then need to protect the collage so that it can be inked up by painting a layer of shellac over the surface.  Shellac is perfect for this as it drys very thinly on the surface and helps  your collage to withstand being inked up and cleaned several times.  The best ink to use with collagraph is soya or oil based inks, this is because the ink stays wet for longer and will sink into each texture giving a more defined print.  However, the key with collagraph is how much ink you remove again after inking up.  You will see below that some of the dodos are a lot stronger than others, but I prefer the paler prints as they show the texture of the material much clearer.  When I did the paler prints I only added more ink to the face, feet and wings as there was still enough ink on the body to get a print.  What I love about this method is that even though it is printmaking, every image comes out differently.  It’s a more unpredictable method with loads of different possibilities.  It is also satisfying that each image is embossed as well as printed , this is because you need to soak and blot the paper and then by using an etching press the paper will get pushed into all the textures and pick out every detail.