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Back to Basics with Printmaking!

Collagraph plate

It is clear from the number of visits to my previous website that collagraph pages attracted the most interest and continue to do so. I’ve been considering how best to harness that interest. In the process I began to think about how I can use video to support text that might develop the interest further. I’m getting back to basics with printmaking.

I am reminded of previous feedback from workshops I taught at Horsley Printmakers.  Participants don’t (necessarily) want cleverly themed workshops. I don’t know about you but when I’ve looked for videos on YouTube or Vimeo about printmaking there are relatively few that focus on the nitty gritty details of how to use particular materials, apply ink in different ways, or trouble shoot. Most of them assume you know what you are looking at and can work the rest out for yourself  or, they show a particular artist in the process of printing a particular image (as putting a plate through the press).

It seems to me that there is plenty of scope to develop video content about:

  1. Specific techniques
  2. Tips on using the techniques
  3. How to develop your skills
  4. One’s own individual approach – most printmakers often share particular techniques already but what is really interesting is how we adapt the use of those techniques and develop our skills to use in our own work.

With that in mind I began to draw up a video shot list (something I’ve learnt from my son). That in turn made me realise I have abundance of material that have the potential to make many videos, each one breaking down the processes into step-by-step instruction for many different ways of making collagraphs for example – and that is just for starters!

If you are a printmaker, or a newly who is interested in giving it a try, would video content be of interest to you? Would you be prepared to pay for it? If so what would you say was reasonable? I’m thinking I might offer a couple of free tasters so you get to see what you’re getting if you paid for content. There could be a variety of different models of payment too. For example:

  1. Inexpensive tutorials for a specific technique
  2. And/or a course of say, 4-6 videos, that take you through from plate making to printing using a particular technique
  3. And/or a longer course over say, 3 – 6 months,  (maybe longer) during which more techniques are taught and combined to develop your own body of work. This might be done in conjunction with a shared FB group so printmakers could discuss their work and learn from each other as much as from me.

How does that sound?


  1. Sanet August 8, 2015 Reply

    I would love a online course (with tutorials and videos)!

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      admin August 10, 2015 Reply

      Oooh great! Well, it isn’t going to happen immediately – there is a lot of planning to do and not least I will have to buy myself a decent camera. My son has taken mine over. However when he gets back from the Alps I’m going to get him to give me a tutorial on filming because while he is probably the best person to do it for me his availability will be limited when he’s at University. he may be able to do the editing for me though so watch this space!

  2. anne August 13, 2015 Reply

    Sounds good, I’d love to know more about the CMYK printing you did.

  3. Astrid bailey September 1, 2015 Reply

    I do have some experience of printmaking, but even so i love watching and learning new techniques from others who may have different approaches, besides I love looking at how others work especially if I love their work so I would be really interested in your videos!

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      admin October 7, 2015 Reply

      Sorry it’s taken me a while to acknowledge your comment. I’m currently recovering from a hip replacement so I’ve not been keeping on top of my website.

  4. Lynne Wesolowski December 14, 2015 Reply

    Only just found out about collographs — I’m in love! Any information would be great. Would love to learn …

    thanks very much

  5. Margaret Milburn January 16, 2016 Reply

    Hi Carol
    Are there any techniques you could video where there is no need for a press such as monoprinting. I have been on a few printing courses but with no facility to continue or develop the work with my watercolours which I would like to do. travelling to hexham for courses is too far so tutorials via the internet or CD would be of great interest.

    • admin January 20, 2016 Reply

      Margaret There are a few techniques where you don’t need a press. I am planning at some point in the future to produce some online video courses and/or CD. Pity you can’t make it here. Where do you live?

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