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PRINTMAKING PROCESSES AT OUR STUDIOS

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SCREEN PRINTING: PAPER & TEXTILES

Availability:  Courses / Open access 
 

Screen printing is a printmaking process where ink is forced on to a surface through a prepared screen of fine material to create a picture or pattern. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured design. Screen printing is a versatile process and can be used to apply images to a range of surfaces including paper and textiles.

 

We have equipment for both textile and paper based screen printing and hireable screens in a range of sizes and mesh counts. Please visit our open access page for our full equipment list.  

For those with some experience both areas are available for bookings through our screen printing open access sessions. We also run a range of courses suitable for beginners and improvers. 

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LETTERPRESS

Availability: Courses / Open Access
   

Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press where many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type into the "bed" or "chase" of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.

We have just opened Letterpress at the Lodge, Print To The People’s new space dedicated solely to the art and craft of Letterpress Printing.

 

This new studio is based within Norfolk County Council’s Wensum Lodge site and is part of their new vision for the location as a creative and community hub. It will act as a sister site to our Pitt Street location, which will still be the base for our Screen Print, Intaglio and Relief processes. 

From our new Letterpress at the Lodge studio we will be running workshops, courses and open access sessions throughout the year for all ages and abilities.

 

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INTAGLIO: ETCHING, DRYPOINT & COLLAGRAPH

Availability:  Courses / Open access 

 

Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed needle. Traditionally the plate was copper but we prefer to also use Perspex plates for our workshops. When the image is finished or ready to proof, ink is applied to the plate with a dauber. Once the plate is completely covered a cloth and other materials are used to wipe away excess ink. Once the desired amount of ink is removed, the plate is run through the press along with a piece of dampened paper to produce a print.

 

Collagraph printmaking is another intaglio process where textured materials are applied to a rigid substrate (such as paperboard or wood) to create a plate. When dry, ink is applied to the collaged plate and run through the press along with a piece of paper to produce a print.  Different tonal effects and vibrant colours can be achieved due to the plate's highly textured surface. For those with some experience and/or ready made plates our press can be used during our open access intaglio sessions. We also run a range of courses suitable for beginners and improvers. 

 

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LINOCUT

Availability: Courses / Open access
 

Linocut is a printmaking technique which uses a sheet of linoleum as the relief surface. A design is cut into the lino with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the uncarved areas creating the design when printed. The carved lino sheet is inked with a roller and pressed onto paper by hand or using a press. We have two small presses suitable for creating editions of Lino prints up to A4 in size. We currently run courses in beginners Linocut and our presses may be accesses outside of the course by special arrangement our technicians.