Tag Archives: funky foam

Funky foam is thin foam sheets used for craft projects – the self adhesive foam is particularly useful for making printing plates.

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

Lucky dip of coloured papers

Scrapstores for surprising supplies

What are Scrapstores?

Scrapstores are a wonderful source of inspirational materials for experimental printmakers.

Most  Scrapstores run as charities, and the purpose is to provide low-cost materials for creative play, crafts, and community projects.

All sorts of foam

All sorts of foam

They collect clean waste from local industries, and also Continue reading

Cat on the beach

Printed Postcards from Bridlington

People of all ages joined in with this community project to make printed postcards from Bridlington. It was part of the Artwaves festival, the idea being to bring people together and celebrate Bridlington and East Yorkshire.

The ‘Wolds Wonders’ started it off. This lively theatre group Continue reading