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 on Saturday April 26, 2014. You can see some of the results here.
I’m running another monoprints workshop at the Hahndorf Academy on March 15, in conjunction with the Winged Messengers Print Exchange‘s exhibition, Winged Images. For more information about this, fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page.
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.