Category: Techniques

Caustic Soda

Caustic soda is a powerful chemical that works really well for etching lino. Like many useful substances it also comes with dangers, but if you plan your work space, understand the risks, and use it carefully it will enable you to create beautiful textured lino plates.

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Lino Etching

Being rather impatient I struggle with the length of time it takes to cut detailed lino plates. Lino etching on the other hand, is relatively quick. You discover unpredictable lines and textures that are very exciting. The effect doesn’t resemble traditionally cut lino but you can add cut marks to the etched plates.

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What is Shellac?

Nowadays the shellac you come across is usually in a nail bar. Here we are looking at a different material – the original shellac. Find out why this is a really useful varnish and sealant for printmakers, particularly when making collagraph plates.

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Dynamic String Prints

String prints enable you to create delicate organic forms with simple materials, these beautiful elegant mono prints will delight and surprise you time after time. This is one of those magic techniques that can absorb you for hours, the ‘just one more’ syndrome means it is hard to stop.

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Fabric printing with masking tape

Quite often the simplest techniques produce the most interesting results – this is one of the fabric printing methods I often use with groups as it is very straightforward and also introduces people to the idea of masking and layering, both of which are key concepts in printmaking. Even though it is a simple process the end result is alwayssurprising and everyone can share the thrill of excitement you get when your print is revealed for the first time.

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