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:
- Specific techniques
- Tips on using the techniques
- How to develop your skills
- 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:
- Inexpensive tutorials for a specific technique
- And/or a course of say, 4-6 videos, that take you through from plate making to printing using a particular technique
- 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?