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Improve your collagraph prints with white ink

Improve your collagraph prints with white ink

White ink has an interesting effect on your collagraph prints
It is hard to say exactly what has happened, but there is a distinct and positive improvement in the print, a bit like the way someone looks when they come back from holiday. Your print has more substance, more energy, and more clarity.

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Cleaning up printmaking inks

Cleaning up printmaking inks

I think my first question ‘why clean up?’ is the wrong one to be asking. Cleaning up is an integral part of the printmaking process and one we should embrace in the manner of the Zen monks. It clears your mind after a printmaking session, providing a pause to your rhythm of work. If you spend time developing a cleaning up routine that suits you, the ritual soon becomes part of your creative practice.
A meditative cleaning up process helps you to love your tools and care for your studio space, leaving it ready to begin your next bout of creative activity.

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Mono printing on plaster

Mono printing on plaster

Mono printing on plaster is an exciting and magical process for all ages, and with some help even very young children can make lovely prints using this method. You can create prints like tiles that will stand up on their own, or can easily be hung on the wall. With the bright clear colours and detailed patterns, people will wonder how you made these unique tiles.

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Moire mono prints

Moire mono prints

If you are looking for a printmaking activity that is quick, exciting, totally absorbing and completely addictive, you have come to the right place! Mono printing moire patterns will keep you (and your printmaking frieinds) busy for many happy hours.

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