Monoprints are a great way to start printmaking. They are fast, easy to learn and you don’t waste time and effort on making a plate that might produce disappointing results. See Tip 2 for more about them. We had a second successful workshop on monoprints at the Hahndorf Academy in 2014. You can see some of the results here.
Monoprints can be combined with Stencils to produce endless variations.
Global Oceans Workshop in April
I am running a Monoprint/Stencil workshop on Sunday April 23 2017 at the Hahndorf Academy in conjunction with our new Print Exchange exhibition, Global Oceans. That’s the day the exhibition finishes, by the way, so make sure you get there to see it before that date! Details of the workshop can be viewed here:
You need to contact the Hahndorf Academy to book your place.
Lino Cuts are also a simple medium for beginners, but they take a bit more time and planning than monoprints.
Photopolymer etching is not as difficult as traditional etching, and it is far less hazardous than the nitric acid method of etching. You can get wonderful results almost instantly, if you work directly onto transparent material – or you can photocopy a drawing onto transparency film. You can read more about this method in Tip 10. Mary Pulford and I run workshops on this kind of etching at Bittondi Printmakers’ Association‘s studio in Aberfoyle Park. There is more about Bittondi here.
Here are some examples of collagraphs that were made at the end of the Hahndorf Academy workshops in June 2014. There are more pictures in Tip 8.