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. 

Mixing neutral colours for printmaking

Colours change in relation to each other This post is about how to mix a range of neutral printmaking colours to accompany the bright stars in your...

Embossed prints with lino and glue

This months blog post shines a light on a little group of friends who meet up regularly to experiment with printmaking techniques together. Inspired...

Sticky tape for printmaking

Sticky tape is great for printmaking, particularly making collagraph plates, because it is instant – no waiting for glue to dry. Cut it, tear it,...

Blind embossing combined with colour

In this post I am taking another look at blind embossing and asking the question ‘what is the key to success for combining blind embossing with...

Swedish tracing paper

What is Swedish tracing paper? This is a thin but strong tissue paper made from natural abaca fibres. Its usual use is for tracing dressmaking...

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...