Saturday, 27 April 2013

Collagraph Course at FDPW April 2013

above photo of a previous collagraph print making course with tutor Colin Beaumont

Just in case you are wondering - A collagraph is a print made from a collaged or textured board.

essentially a Collagraph "plate" (from which you make your print), is made from a cardboard (usually) base,  onto which are glued various materials e.g., fabric/textiles, papers including sandpaper, string, glue, and carborundum or sand. This is just an example of what can be included. There are a huge range of possibilities........ It is also possible to 'scribe' into some of the surfaces on the plate. Layers of paper can be cut and torn away from the card base additionally. The card can also be incised with a scalpel blade to create very fine lines.

Once the plate has been sealed with a final protective varnish - it is 'inked up' to get ink into all of the crevices and indentations. Thereafter, it is 'wiped' in preparation for putting it through the etching press. Printmaking paper is soaked in a water tray and 'blotted' to remove most of the water.  It is then placed over the ready inked/wiped plate and run through the press under immense pressure.
The plate may also be relief inked i.e. have ink rolled onto the surface thereby giving 2 colours from one run through the press.  There are also special methods for  inking different colours onto your plate which will be discussed.

Here is an example of a collagraph plate and print.

Here is a link to where you can see more of small forests artworks on Flickr.  Scroll down the page to see close ups of sections of the collagraph plate.

the above image is from a book about collagraph printmaking See more details here 

Although there has not been sufficient uptake in terms of people registering for this course which is ideal as an introduction to printmaking - I wouldn't be surprised if it gets rescheduled for another date so do contact us,  if you are still interested though couldn't make the originally scheduled date.

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Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition

This exhibition is open to all artists and will be held at The "Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum" in Tokushima, Japan in October 2013. There are plans to have a year-long international tour of the exhibition after the initial exhibition has closed.

Deadline for entry of artworks is 30th July, 2013

Paper size is A4 (21 x 29.70 cm)  up to 2 works may be entered.
Submission fee is 35 US dollars (approx £22.61) payable online.
For further info visit the website 

Here is  a link to a previous print exhibition catalogue

Friday, 5 April 2013

UK Based International Print Exchange (edition of 10)

Green Door Print Exchange 2013 

The Green Door Printmaking Studio, based in Derby, UK  invite national and international printmakers to participate in their 5th annual international print exchange (IPE 2013).

image above Indian Artist Rakesh Bani - whose work is pretty inspiring and worth checking out 

- see more at:

This is a print from the first I.P.E. exchange, held in 2009, in which I also participated.

Maximum Print Size:  10cm x 10cm, 
Paper Size:  14cm x 14cm

Edition Size: Ten (10)

Submission Deadline: Saturday 31 August 2013 (12 Noon (GMT))

Administration Cost: £10, plus postage Cost: £15

Please register your interest in the project if you want to take part in this exchange.

Visit  the website for more details and images from previous years' exchanges: