Friday, 21 October 2016


Half term is now upon us and we are half way through the 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace.
My 3 classes, morning, afternoon and evening have been exploring 
collagraph plate making using glue and carborundum to create 
textures and tones. 
These small experimental plates were printed last week,  
Just a couple of blended colours and chine collee. 
But this week things got serious with the application of  
viscocity inking. 
You can see the difference this inking technique makes to a plate, plain intaglio inking with chine collee on the right, viscocity inking on the left, using the same plate. 
And off they went, feverishly inking all the plates they had  
made so far 
Plates and prints together here. 
Viscosity involves first rolling a runny ink over an inked plate, then a sticky ink.  
Simple?, Well yes once you get the hang of it.
Vibrant colour is created with just one inking. 
The rest of the course will involve everyone getting their heads around making 
plates that will give them the effect they want from this glorious inking technique.
I can't wait.

If you would like to join the 2017 Spring term, 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace, Cheltenham go to for booking details.