Printmaking for Cards



Relief printing has been used for reproducing images since Renaissance times, particularly woodcuts. The principle behind the process is that a roller of ink sticks to a raised (or relief) surface and is then transferred to paper. This process gives dramatic results from any textured readymade surface such as leaves, lace and fabrics. You will explore a variety of relief printing techniques and make a run of cards in this course.

The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required



Session 1:  Discussion and observation of the printing process, including examples;

Experimenting with surfaces, textures, colours and images suitable for printing


 Session 2: Selecting the best samples to create a changing collage to print from; printing as many as required and time allows


Session 3: Final printing session; discussion and demonstration on how to finish off cards ready for use


MATERIALS PROVIDED: Textured readymade surface such as leaves, lace and fabrics; printing ink, rollers and papers; use of all other equipment as required


ADDITIONAL NOTES: Please start collecting anything that has an interesting texture or raised surface to print from, and bring with you to the workshop. Aprons provided, but old clothes also advised!