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  • Introduction to Linocut for Beginners

    Introduction to Linocut for Beginners

    If you are completely new to linocut and would like help getting started, you are in the right place! Read on or scroll to the bottom to watch a video. Start with a piece of lino. There are several to choose from, from traditional Lino to Easy Carve to Softcut. You can learn more about …
  • Uses for Zest It Printmakers Washdown

    Uses for Zest It Printmakers Washdown

    We have found Zest It Printmakers Washdown an incredibly useful addition to our studio. It’s designed to remove dried on acrylics and so far has got us out of a couple of scrapes. Here are a few ways to use it in your studio: Removing dried on water-based relief printing inks from rollers, blocks and …
  • Creating Hand-Drawn Designs for Exposed Screens

    Creating Hand-Drawn Designs for Exposed Screens

    Making exposed screens is a fantastic way of creating screen prints from your bespoke artwork. If you’d like to make exposed screens at home but would rather skip the digital processes then we have a great way of creating screen films with analogue methods! For detailed advice about exposing your own screens at home, head …
  • Using Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler to Print a Design onto Fabric

    Using Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler to Print a Design onto Fabric

    Using Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler can create a semi-permanent design on a screen, allowing you to print multiples of your design without stencils, over several sessions if you like. This is not a photographic technique so there’s no need for a light source, a computer or a dark space. This makes it accessible to …
  • How to Clean Caligo Inks

    How to Clean Caligo Inks

    Caligo Inks are oil-based but water-washable so they are a fantastic option for your printmaking practice but how do we clean up after using them? Read on or scroll to the bottom of the page for a video. No solvents or special cleaners are needed to clean up Cranfield’s Caligo Inks. Fill an old jug …
  • Using Caligo Extender and Opaque White

    Using Caligo Extender and Opaque White

    When mixing Caligo Relief Printing Inks (although this also applies to other brands), we can choose between adding Extender or Opaque White when we want a paler colour. They produce quite different results. Watch our video at the bottom of the page or read on. Extender is a colourless ink. It will make colours more …
  • Cyanotype

    Cyanotype

    Cyanotypes (sometimes called blueprints or photograms) are made using a really old process that uses light to create designs on fabric and paper. Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch a video on the process or read on. We are going to need a cyanotype kit. The kit contains two bottles, each with …
  • Removing Ternes Burton Tabs from Delicate Papers

    Removing Ternes Burton Tabs from Delicate Papers

    Sometimes, when we use Ternes Burton pins and tabs, the tape sticks to the printing paper making a mess. We can choose to cut our paper a little longer so the excess can be trimmed but there’s another way that doesn’t waste paper! Watch the video below or read on. If you haven’t heard of …
  • Taking a Quick Proof of your Linocut with a Rubbing

    Taking a Quick Proof of your Linocut with a Rubbing

    When you’re carving a lino block it can be handy to be able to see how your block will print before you ink it up. By taking a rubbing of your block you can get an idea of what your final print might look like. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a video …
  • At Home Screen Exposure with Bridget

    At Home Screen Exposure with Bridget

    Like many others over the past year, I have been working on a lot of my printmaking projects at home. However, being limited on space doesn’t stop me from trying new things. In this blog post, I will be sharing how I exposed a screen at home in my tiny bedroom! You can adapt this …
  • Using Mirror Card to make an Expressive Drypoint

    Using Mirror Card to make an Expressive Drypoint

    Mirror Card is a great option for intaglio plate making. It's shiny and wipeable, making it brilliant for expressive inking and sketchy designs. Peel away the surface to create dark, inky areas too. Scroll to the ...
  • Using a Mylar Mask to Reduce Chatter in a Linocut

    Using a Mylar Mask to Reduce Chatter in a Linocut

    One of the problems to overcome when printing a linocut is ink being picked up by the carved away areas of the block. These lines print onto the paper causing 'chatter' or 'noise'. Sometimes chatter on a print can add character or interest to a piece but other times it can just get in the way. This method uses Ternes Burton Pins and Tabs and a piece of Mylar to mask the areas causing chatter. (scroll to the bottom of the page for a video)...
  • How to Fix Ink Reticulation when Relief Printing

    How to Fix Ink Reticulation when Relief Printing

    Sometimes when block printing, blocks can resist the ink and it splits on the surface. This makes it difficult to print a flat, even colour and can be so frustrating. This is particularly common on vinyl blocks when using water-based inks but can occur on lots of surfaces. Use this quick, easy technique to prepare … Continue reading "How to Fix Reticulating Ink when Relief Printing"
  • Drying Prints when Using Oil-Based Inks

    Drying Prints when Using Oil-Based Inks

    The ever-helpful Michael from Cranfield has some top tips for drying prints when working with oil-based inks. We’ve summarised some of his advice to help us with our own printmaking: When working with oil-based inks, the air in the room is very important in order for your prints to dry. The atmosphere should be warm … Continue reading "Drying Prints when Using Oil-Based Inks"
  • Relief Printing Rollers: An Updated Comprehensive Guide

    Relief Printing Rollers: An Updated Comprehensive Guide

    Choosing the right roller for your relief printing can get confusing. Different uses, budgets, sizes and preferences can dictate which roller is best for you. We’ve put together a guide to lino rollers to help you choose the best roller for you. There are several factors that decide how a roller will perform: There are … Continue reading "Relief Printing Rollers: A Comprehensive Guide"
  • Screen Printing Metallics: Ink, Powder or Foil?

    Screen Printing Metallics: Ink, Powder or Foil?

    Printmaking with metallics can add a real pop to your designs. There are a few different options to choose from when screen printing with metallics: pre-mixed metallic ink, metallic powder and textile foils. We’ve made this project using all three methods to show you the advantages of each one. We cut three paper stencils: one … Continue reading "Screen Printing Metallics: Ink, Powder or Foil?"
  • Screen Printing Using Mylar Film for Registration and a Stencil

    Screen Printing Using Mylar Film for Registration and a Stencil

    Mylar film is an extremely useful addition to your printmaking kit. It can be used to mask off areas when relief printing, as registration plastic for screen printing or even used to make stencils. In this project, we use mylar film to make a registration device and a mask for screen printing. Mylar film can … Continue reading "Setting up a Hinged Board for Screen Printing and Printing Using a Mylar Film Stencil"
  • Lino Printing onto Fabric – Which Inks and Rollers to Use

    Lino Printing onto Fabric – Which Inks and Rollers to Use

    We love printing with lino onto fabric – it can take your designs into loads of fun new places like t-shirts, homewares and bags! Back in 2016 we wrote a blog post about how to block print onto fabric and it’s still one of our most popular posts ever! Since then, we’re continued to refine … Continue reading "Lino Printing onto Fabric – Which Inks and Rollers to Use"
  • Drypoint with Enviromount

    Drypoint with Enviromount

    Enviromount is a brilliant paper-based drypoint surface. It can be scored with a sharp tool such as a drypoint needle, and the top surface can be peeled away. We were keen to try it out in the studio. A drypoint print is an intaglio technique in which lines are scratched into a plate, creating a … Continue reading "Drypoint with Enviromount"
  • Make Your Own Paper Fingers

    Make Your Own Paper Fingers

    When printing with intaglio methods (etching, drypoint, collagraph etc.), it’s important to print onto dampened paper. Imagine you’ve just inked up your plate, your paper is soaking in a tray of water or in a stack and it’s time to print. You wash your hands but there’s still a little inky grubbiness in your fingerprints … Continue reading "Make Your Own Paper Fingers"