Drypoint - Which plate is right for my project?
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by Holly Newnham
1d ago
Drypoint is a fantastic intaglio technique as it requires limited equipment to create a plate. It's a great way of creating a printed drawing and is one of the printmaking techniques where the positive mark is the one that prints (unlike relief printing for example). There are lots of plates to choose from for making drypoints, and they all provide different results. We've tested six types of plate here to help you choose which is right for your project: aluminium, zinc, enviromount, drypoint plastic, mirror card and tetra pak (the inside of drinks cartons). Aimee used one of each type of pla ..read more
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Meet The Maker: Lorenzo Davitti
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by Holly Newnham
1w ago
Originally from Florence, Italy, I'm a printmaker and tutor now based in London for the past 10 years. I work mainly on abstract art, and I am especially interested in the possibilities that printmaking offers when experimenting with colour, shapes and textures.   Describe your printmaking process. I typically begin my process with geometric shapes or a selected colour palette, which I enjoy manipulating and distorting through chance or digital methods. I love merging the precision and technical rigour of printmaking techniques with unexpected and spontaneous elements, to create images th ..read more
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Preparing your paper and press for etching
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by Holly Newnham
2w ago
When you’ve created an aluminium or zinc plate etching, you’ll want to have a go at pulling your first print. To do this, you’ll need to learn how to prepare your paper and how to set the correct pressure on your press. This blog is part of a series featuring tips and techniques to get you started with aluminium or zinc plate etching. This post will demonstrate how to prepare your papers and how to set the pressure on an intaglio press. Blotting Your Paper When it comes to printing intaglio methods, your paper needs to be dampened and blotted prior to printing. Bl ..read more
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Meet The Maker: Lisa Stubbs
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by Holly Newnham
1M ago
Hi, I'm a printmaker and illustrator living in the Holme Valley in Yorkshire, with a little print studio in the neighbouring Colne valley.   Describe your printmaking process. Playful and experimental! I love being curious during my process, combining different processes together to create my prints. At the moment I'm loving TetraPak printing with Chine-collé, blind embossing, screen printing, relief printing, drypoint etching and monoprinting with the etching press. I find my creative flow jig-sawing these processes together.    How and where did you learn to print? I ..read more
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Toning Cyanotypes
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by Shirley Scott
1M ago
Did you know that Cyanotype prints don't always have to be blue? They can be toned and even bleached to alter their colour. The key is to use anything with a high tannin content. Tannins are commonly found in the bark of trees, leaves, buds, stems, fruits, seeds, roots, and plant galls. For this process, you could use tea of different varieties, red wine and even make your own tannin solutions using vegetable peelings and flowers from your garden! Toning is a great way of adding depth, evoking a specific mood, enhancing details, or complementing the subject matter of the image. In th ..read more
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Meet The Maker - Angela Hall
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by Holly Newnham
1M ago
My name is Angela Hall, I’m an artist and silkscreen printer based in North Yorkshire, and I have been making and selling my limited-edition prints for the last 5 years from my studio, specialised print events and regional galleries.   My creative journey started with a degree in Graphic Design from Bath Academy of Art in the 1980’s, then progressed into working within the design and print industry, before a career change working within community arts in South East London. A move up north to North Yorkshire and a big cultural change saw me working with rural communities and establish ..read more
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Meet The Maker: Rob Jones
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by Holly Newnham
2M ago
I am a textiles artist working with Japanese techniques such as Shibori, shaped resist and Katagami stencilling (using indigo to dye the fabric). I also work with formal Japanese embroidery techniques - Sashiko and Kogin (counted thread) embroidery as well as some Boro inspired mending. I teach both online and in my studio in Muswell Hill, and at other venues around the country such as West Dean and Old Bank Studios in Harwich. I'm also very excited to be teaching at Handprinted in July 2024. I make commercial work to sell, such as scarves and bags, and I have an art practice making larger qui ..read more
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Using Pearl Ex Metallic Pigments to Enhance Linocuts
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by Holly Newnham
2M ago
Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are metallic pigments that can be mixed into printing inks, acrylics, oils, encaustics and loads more. As printmakers we were keen to see how they could be used in various printmaking applications, starting with linocut.    We began by mixing Apple Green Pearl Ex into Caligo Extender (which is colourless). We found we needed to use quite a lot of Pearl Ex to build up a colour strong enough for a print (twice the quantity in the above photo to achieve the ink in the below photo). However, the colour was lovely and it gave a subtle sheen. The pri ..read more
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Meet The Maker - Rebecca Perdue
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by Holly Newnham
2M ago
Hello! I'm Rebecca Perdue. I am a printmaker and artist based in a small garden studio in Wiltshire. I work primarily in linocut and monoprint, but also paint and make occasional silver jewellery pieces and textiles. I'm very interested in linking work across several disciplines.    Describe your printmaking practice All my work starts with multiple sketches. I'm a fan of using sketchbooks to scribble down ideas, sometimes returning to these years later and reworking them with altered perspectives. I refer to my sketch throughout the carving and printing process, however, the en ..read more
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Meet The Maker: Duncan Tattersall
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by Holly Newnham
3M ago
I’m an artist and maker from southern Scotland, designing and hand printing bespoke textiles for interiors. My work focuses on the relationship between pattern & place; all of my designs are inspired by a particular location and aim to interpret the story of their surroundings. My curtains are designed and made to commission, and I also print ‘building collage’ cushions inspired by special places which are available to buy or commission individually.   Describe your printmaking process. I screen print all of my fabric by hand, in a process which remains relatively small scale. I use a ..read more
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