Regional Print Centre Symposium

Wednesday 14th February 2018

I attended the annual Print Symposium at the Regional Print Centre. The speakers were Wuon-Gean Ho, Hartsheath Project, Laura Boswell and Darvid Armes. I found the day particularly inspiring and came away with lots of ideas to progress my print making further.

Wuon-Gean Ho

I have been making prints for 25 years about fantastical dreams and loveable beasts.
I hope you enjoy looking through my collection of work.

Colour Linocut with Nick Morley

This two day course enabled me to practice more with the 2 colour printing and also provided me the opportunity to practice with the image I plan to use for the Twenty Twenty. I definitely feel I achieved a lot over this two days and that my confidence in lino cutting and printing has increased. I also loved the safe wash inks we used and much prefer using these oil based inks to water based ink.

Screen Printing with Tom Frost

This workshop focused on using screen printing with two colours to achieve a third colour. During this two days, I became more confident with the idea of layering colour in printing.

Tom Frost studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, and since graduating in 2001 has been working as a freelance illustrator in Bristol. For three years he has been a member of Snap Studios in central Bristol pursuing his love of screen printing. His work is inspired by his passion for old match boxes, vintage tin toys, folk art, children’s books and stamps. Utilising screen printing, plywood, vintage Meccano, acrylic paint, Gocco machines and perspiration, he hopes to create items that people will cherish for years to come.

Artist Books with Estella Scholes

3rd August 2017

Having worked with Book Making previously, I was really looking forward to this workshop. We began this workshop by creating some Flutter Book templates from A4 sheets of paper.

Once we were comfortable with the process we then spent some time practicing on prints that had been previously left at the Print Centre. As I was already familiar with the process I found it easier to get started with this.

We then discussed a variation on the Japanese Stab Stitch, a two hole version and looked at binding a book using an elastic band and a three hole pamphlet stitch.

We then had the opportunity to begin adding some covers to the books we had created earlier.

Combination Printing with Greg Fuller

27th July 2017

We began the day with a brief introduction into the types of printing processes we are likely to encounter.

Conventional printing has four types of process:

  1. Plano-graphics, in which the printing and non-printing areas are on the same plane surface and the difference between them is maintained chemically or by physical properties, the examples are: offset lithography, collotype, and screenless printing.
  2. Relief, in which the printing areas are on a plane surface and the non printing areas are below the surface, examples: flexography and letterpress.
  3. Intaglio, in which the non-printing areas are on a plane surface and the printing area are etched or engraved below the surface, examples: steel die engraving, gravure
  4. Porous, in which the printing areas are on fine mesh screens through which ink can penetrate, and the non-printing areas are a stencil over the screen to block the flow of ink in those areas, examples: screen printing, stencil duplicator.

Four parts of the printing process to remember:

  • Origination
  • Method of Transfer
  • Substrate, Paper
  • Printing Ink

See here for useful jargon:

This was followed with a discussion about the importance of using a registration system when printing followed by a practice at setting up a basic registration system to be used with some screen printing later in the day.

We created a template using cellophane for the size of paper that we we going to use by drawing an outline in the centre for the size of the print. After creating an acetate with our image, we then placed a cross in one corner of the template and one corner of the acetate with the printed image.

After transferring the image to our screens using the light box, we then began to set the registration up on the screen bed ready for printing.

First, we added some corner supports to the screen to make an even snap – this is used to control the contact of the screen with the substrate – this helps you to keep your screen prints crisp and sharp.

We then used the template we had created earlier with the acetate to line up the image on the screen with the image on the acetate.

Once everything was lined up we created registration tabs and placed them along one long side and one short side of the cellophane template – these were there to line our paper up with once we started printing.

Once we had set up our registration system on our screen beds we then made some screen prints using the screen bed and the registration system we had created.

For the latter part of the day we created a collagraph to be used with the planned viscosity printing.

In collagraphy, a variety of materials are applied to a rigid underlying layer (such as ragboard or masonite). The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue and graph, or the act of drawing. I begin by making collages of cardboard, pasted paper and other textures.  I can ink the resulting plate as an intaglio, or with a roller or paintbrush, or some combination of these. The resulting print is termed a collagraph. Substances such as acrylic texture mediums, sandpapers, cloth, string, or cut cardboard can all be used in creating the plate. Collagraphy is a very open printmaking method. Ink can be applied to the upper surfaces of the plate with a brayer for a relief print, or ink can be applied to the entire board and then removed from the upper surfaces, leaving it in the lower spaces, resulting in an intaglio print.

Screen Print with Bonnie Craig

20th July 2017

Bonnie began the workshop with a general introduction to the types of screen printing that we could possibly use/work with during the workshop.

  • Over Printing/Transparency
  • Printing Shapes
  • Positives made from either marks on Acrylic or Tracing Paper
  • Gradients
  • Paper Stencils
  • Test Pieces and Mistakes

Reduction Linocut with Ian Phillips

13th and 14th July 2017

I attended the Reduction Linocut Workshop with Ian Phillips as part of the Print Scholarship and found the workshop to be particularly informative and my skill in lino cut printing vastly improved as a result.

My perception of lino printing has changed as a result of this workshop and I can now see more ways to include lino printing into my art practice. This workshop has inspired me so much that I am now going to work with Reduction Linocut printing for Llawn 100.

The first step of this process was to trace an outline of our drawing that we were using. Two youths playing chess is part of the Mascen Wledig legend, which I am working with for another project. Once the tracing was complete we then used a water resistant carbon paper to transfer the image onto the lino.

Once we had traced the image onto the lino we fixed the lino onto a board prepared for developing the reduction print. using Ternes Burton Registration Pins and Registrating Stripping Tabs so that the paper and lino remain aligned throughout the Reduction Printing process.

Once fixed, we then began to cut away only the parts of the image that needed to appear white ready for printing the first colour.

The process was then repeated removing all that I didn’t want to be the second colour.

And then repeating the process for the final colour.

The experience of this workshop has inspired me to work with Reduction Lino Printing for Llawn 100, an event where you create 100 pieces or do 100 things and upload the result to Instagram with the hastags #Llawn and #Llawn100.