Welcome to the Curious Printmaker website
Emily in studio
The Curious Printmaker website is all about printmaking, especially experimental techniques.

Emily Harvey
I am a Yorkshire based printmaker, I make original prints and run short printmaking courses from my studio near York.

I love to experiment with different printmaking techniques, particularly collagraphs, as this involves an inventive approach with plenty of improvisation.

For collagraphs the printing plate is like a collage made up of different textures and materials. It is printed both as intaglio and relief so the finished prints contain several layers of colour.


Much of my work has a social dimension, created as part of an artist’s residency in a particular place, or in a community setting where people work together on a collective creative project.

If you are passing York Library call in to see the ‘York Panorama’ a cast panel I made, based on peoples’ stories of York. This public art work is  permanently installed on the first-floor landing.

For a bit more history see ‘about me’ here

An inked up collagraph plate ready to print


Find out about short printmaking courses in my studio

Old Berwick collagraph print detail


See my prints, projects and artist’s residencies

rolling ink on the slab for viscosity printing


The Blog

The blog is for everyone who enjoys experimenting with printmaking. New posts every month will keep you supplied with printmaking ideas and inspiration. 

Silk Aquatint Printing up close

Silk Aquatint printing up close In this post I am taking the idea of silk aquatint as a starting point. But I am changing the scale and nature of...

Preparing found materials for intaglio printing

"How could I print from that?"Was the question I asked myself when I found this fragment of an old fibreglass roof. In this post I will show you the...

Inking collagraphs to enhance textures

in this post I am taking you through an experiment I did to ink the plates and make the textures look even more 3d.

Pricing your original prints

In this post I am aiming to help you feel more confident about deciding on a price for your original prints.
I have a quick handy method to check that I am thinking on the right lines with pricing. It works as an initial guide to provide a base line and can be tweaked as needed, taking some of the guesswork out of pricing your original prints.

Explore design with aluminium tape

its not just about technique and special effects; the role of design is to help organise all this material, bringing it together in a coherent way, and enabling you to express and share your ideas in a print.

Tar Gel for collagraph plates

Tar gel is fantastic stuff to add to collagraph plates, it will help you create lively dynamic effects, and is really fun to use as welI.I assumed that everybody knew about Tar Gel, but recently when…