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Meths is alcohol used to clean and degrease surfaces. In printmaking it dissolves shellac prior to sealing  printing plates.

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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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