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Making plates on the beach

Walking and Printing

I’m certain that moving around encourages creative brain waves, so walking and printing is a winning combination. This is especially true if you can do it in a nice place with good company.

Here is a thoroughly enjoyable activity, where you will surprise yourself by making dry-point plates ‘freestyle’. This approach removes some Continue reading

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

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