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.

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

shellac flakes in meths

What is Shellac?

Nowadays the shellac you come across is usually in a nail bar. Here we are looking at a different material – the original shellac. Find out why this is a really useful varnish and sealant for printmakers, particularly when making collagraph plates.

shellac flakes

golden shellac flakes

Shellac is a natural resin secreted by lac beetles living on trees in India. It recorded use dates back over 3000 years, and it was used for a multitude of purposes until the invention of plastic mostly replaced it.

Nowadays it is used in wood finishes, you may know it as French polish, knotting or Continue reading