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Creating Interesting Printmaking Courses


Collaborative printmaking courses.

Before Christmas I put a call out in my newsletter asking for artists to contact me if they were interested in collaborating with me to create interesting printmaking courses, some of which might be that little bit different. Sue Spencer, a creative writer and health educator, was one of the people who got in touch. I was intrigued to explore how poetry and creative writing could be brought together with printmaking.

Sue Spencer in action

If you are like me, my memories of poetry at school were not inspiring, so when Sue and I got together last week I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. Sue quickly put me at my ease. She came well prepared bringing a variety of poems with her from which to work. We set about a number of exercises that involved reading haikus and cinquains, picking words that jumped out and then using those words to write short one to four line poems of our own. The end result was really very powerful and revealing. Sue was keen to stress that people could bring their own favourite poems to a future workshop and everything is of course done in a safe, supportive space. In the latter half of the day we explored a variety of multi media, felt tip (broad and fine) pens, pastels, colouring pencils, charcoal, etc, writing out the words or poetry lines, writ large and small in lots of different ways to cover the paper ready for the next stage of the process.

Painterly Monotype

The next time we got together we began to explore the printmaking element through painterly monotype. I took Sue through a variety of monotype techniques, using inks of different viscosities to paint and roll ink out onto the plates, the effects achieved by offset printing, ways of taking ink off and adding ink to the plate, ghost printing, transfer drawing and chin collé, masking and printing in layers – all with the text we had created previously; we packed a hell of a lot in. At the end of the session we took the prints and folded them into simple folded booklets in two formats. It was great fun. Thoroughly enjoyed playing again and seeing what was possible.


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… to pack all of that in over a weekend rather than into what effectively was one day as we worked it out. The workshop will take place over the weekend of May 14/15. I’m hoping to have it up on the courses page by the end of the weekend.

What else?

You may have already noticed that I’m also working with Claudia Van Lieshout Smit, textiles, and Chris Daunt, wood engraving, Japanese woodcuts and reduction linocut. I’ll be blogging about them soon too.


  1. Aine Scannell April 19, 2016 Reply

    Hi Carol – this all sounds quite exciting – I am so pleased for you.

    Because you have this new website (which by the way looks really smart ) I havent been receiving email updates when you post new information on to your blog/website. PLEASE will you look into providing a means by which artist print makers ( such as me / like to think of myself as a ‘friend’ of yours, through following your website for years) It must be possible.

    email me to let me know. I really do wish you good things this year heaven knows you really Do DESERVE it. very best wishes


    • Carol Nunan April 22, 2016 Reply

      Hi Aine

      Thanks for your message. When I first set up the new website I asked my webs designer about this. He set it up so that people interested in my work join my mailing list so on balance I decided that it made better sense to have the sign up directed to my mailing list rather than to my blog. Its a tricky one. Are you on FaceBook? If you don’t want to be on my mailing list and you are on there, if you like my page then you are more likely to see what I’m up to on a regular basis. My blog posts go automatically to FB and other social media platforms like Twitter. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. If I hear of any other way to do it I’ll let you know.

  2. Harriman marie-claude November 14, 2016 Reply

    I would like to know if you have any workshops or classes at the moment.
    Thank you for sending me your program,

    • Carol Nunan November 15, 2016 Reply

      Hi Marie-Claude
      I’m in the process of finalising my spring workshops which will start in February. I’ll be running a series of evening classes as well as Saturday a weekend workshops. I’ll add you to my mailing list if you are not already on it and you’ll receive a newsletter shortly.

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