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Printing ink is thick, generally a bit like treacle so it sticks to the printing plate. You can choose oil based or water based ink. If you call it ‘paint’ printmakers will not take you seriously!

intaglio and relief inked collagraph plate

The Curious Printmaker’s Guide to Printing a Collagraph Plate

Discover the best way to ink and print a collagraph plate

The first thing to say is that each printmaker is unique and everybody does it differently.
It is still fun to argue about the best way to ink up a plate though!

I know from experience that ‘inking up’ can get pretty heated. Continue reading

Community printmaking workshop

Combining collagraphs and mono-prints

Combining collagraphs and mono-prints is a lovely versatile technique that I have used several times in community workshops. It works so well because it is easy to understand and people quickly get satisfying results. There is also plenty of scope for development so people with more printmaking experience enjoy playing with the two techniques together.

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Print from a tyre float

Roller Printing

Roller printing is a very easy activity, but one that is absorbing and encourages you to explore and appreciate your environment in new ways.

It is a good method of ‘warming up’ if you are feeling a bit lacking in inspiration – 20 minutes of roller printing will certainly lift your spirits, and you will probably Continue reading

loom weights print

Making plates from wet-and-dry carborundum paper

Fake a mezzotint

I think of wet-and-dry carborundum paper as a fake mezzotint because it will create a beautiful velvety toned ground that is reminiscent of this traditional (highly involved and time consuming) technique.

If you want to make flat areas of strong even tone without waiting for glue to dry then this is the technique for you. If you use double Continue reading