Discover the freedom and serendipity of hand-printing at home. Let me guide you through a series of playful printing sessions to make beautiful pieces of art as well as collage papers, sketchbook starters and ways to integrate printmaking into other artistic practices.
In this course we will be exploring printing by hand– ie without a printing press. This creates monoprints- one-off painterly prints with stunning texture and marks. This way of printing is accessible to all and needs very little specialist equipment or space.
It’s a fabulous way to rediscover your mark making mojo, kickstart a sketchbook practice, add beautiful complexity and texture to paintings and works on paper, make stunning pieces of art in their own right or just have downright creative fun!
This self paced video course with lifetime access costs £95.
During this course you will:
Produce a series of your own unique hand-printed artworks
Discover new mark making techniques
Feel confident setting up your own hand-printing area at home
Understand the basic tools and equipment needed to print at home
Use tips and tricks to bring focus and definition to your images
Have a library of ideas to use all your prints- even the ones you don’t like!
Find and make printmaking tools within your home
Ever wanted to try printmaking but didn’t want to join a studio? Need some mark making inspiration? Would you like to add beautiful collage papers to your paintings or mixed media artwork? Do you love intuitive, flowing, spontaneous, no-rules art making?
Then this course is for you!
Hand printing requires very little specialist equipment and space and there are no specific ‘rules’. You can use the videos as a loose guide and jumping off point for your own explorations into printmaking.
What’s included in the course?
Approximately 2 hours of video tutorials between 2 and 12 minutes long.
A materials and stockists list and printable hand out
I’ll be guiding you through:
Why hand monoprint?
Inspiration from other artists
All you Really Need to Hand Print
The Best Inks, Paints and Papers to Begin
Simple Colour Mixing
Your First Prints
Building up Layers of Colour and Texture and Masking Out
Confidence in Assessing your Prints
Painterly Marks and Drawing into Your Prints
Printing with Objects and Nature
Drying and Storing your Prints
Cropping and Mounting Prints
In other words it will cover everything from preparing and materials to how you can make your finished pieces look amazing and lots of ideas to inspire you with what to do with prints you don’t want to frame.
Who is this course for?
Beginners or those with some printmaking or artistic experience. If you’ve ever wanted to try printmaking but been put off by having to join a print studio then this course is for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I access the videos?
You’ll be sent links via email. The videos are hosted on Vimeo which has no adverts. Keep your links safe- perhaps in a separate email folder.
How long should I take to complete the course?
I have designed the course to be completed over 3 weeks, hence the support aspect being that long. However, it IS self-paced so you can take as long as you like.
You might like to take one weekend, 4-5 evenings or 3-4 afternoons or mornings. As a rough guide, I spent about 1-1 and a half hours printing during each session, and there are 4 printing session tutorials. There are also several preparation videos.
Do I need speedy internet?
Yes, you will need a high speed internet connection to be able to view the videos.
Can I have a refund if I want one?
I will not provide refunds. I encourage you to ask me any questions you have here before you enroll.
Who is your tutor?
I’m an artist educated to degree level in illustration and with 20 years of DIY home hand-printing experience as well as extensive print studio experience (I’m a member of Spike Print Studio in Bristol and was a recipient of the University of the West of England scholarship in 2018). I have led workshops with children and adults, those with extensive experience and those with none.
What do people say about my teaching?
‘I’m having a blooming lovely time working through all your videos. Made piles of prints. Totally hooked. Most creative thing I’ve done in ages.’
‘All very clear and opened up possibilities for development’
‘Excellent materials list and guidance’
‘I liked your relaxed manner and the pace’
‘Plenty of ideas to take forward’
‘Calm, friendly and positive’
‘Clearly laid out and explained’
‘The camera views were good to watch alongside the instruction’
What do I need to take part?
You won’t need much specialist equipment, but a rubber roller, a smooth surface to roll ink or paint onto, thin paper and ink or paint are the essentials.