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
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
This is one of my more brilliant ideas. A magnetic exhibition wall seems obvious when you see it – please feel free to copy it. It is very easy to do and not too expensive to organise. Continue reading
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 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