Category Archives: Studio business

Posts about the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff, getting organised and  making more time to print.

I want to spend my time printmaking and being creative, and I imagine you do too, so being organised makes a big difference.

Here are ways I have found to reduce time spent on managing my printmaking life. Some are my own discoveries and inventions, some are borrowed or adapted from other peoples good ideas. Being organised frees up time for the real business of producing new creative work.

both ends of the tiny printing press

A Really Tiny Printing Press

A printmaking friend told me that Aldi was selling a tiny printing press for under £20. I immediately investigated this interesting rumour, and discovered……. the ‘so crafty’ die cutting machine.

Like the Xcut Xpress,the “So crafty” is sold as a die cutting and embossing machine, but with a few adaptations it makes a perfect pocket-sized press. Continue reading

Proud and curious printmakers

The X-cut XPress, a handy little printing press

“Help! I haven’t got a printing press!”

Many students come on courses in my studio and catch the printmaking bug. By the end of the course they are enthusiastically planning their next printmaking experiments, and then realise with a cry of despair “I haven’t got a printing press!”

There are lots of ways to print without a press, particularly with relief plates and mono prints, but if you want to do collagraphs and intaglio techniques you really Continue reading

getting your print straight on the paper

Make a simple registration sheet

Do your prints often come out crooked on the (expensive) printing paper? If you are just guessing its straight, and hoping for the best, then this post is for you. You can end hit or miss registration forever with this handy method, and as a bonus it will also help you to keep your press bed clean so your prints Continue reading

Damp paper with embossed print

Preparing paper for collagraph printing

Discover the pleasure of preparing paper for collagraph printing, and help your printmaking sessions flow smoothly at the same time.

Your printing time is precious. You may be paying for time with the press. You may have a job with deadlines that eat into your printmaking time, or children coming home from school cutting your printing session short.

Some interruptions you can’t avoid, but Continue reading