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Through Thick and Thin – An Exploration of Collagraph with Ruth Barrett-Danes – Weekend 24/26 September

24th September 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM BST


Using these basic materials plates will be produced using:

  •  Wood Glue (Exterior strength)
  •  Gesso Sealed with Pledge
  •  Various Tapes/Parcel Tape/Masking Tape/Gaffa Tape
  •  Aluminium Tape sealing in textures underneath

What to expect from “Through Thick and Thin”?

Just a little background information on what to expect from this weekend. The first experience most of us have had with collagraph is to be using heavily textured bits and pieces, more often or not wallpaper etc. However, during these two days I am offering a range of materials for you to explore. Some you may well have used before however the aim is to provide you with a library of marks made from these materials and inked in a variety of ways.

Day One

Showing the range of materials and possible end results.

Preparation of new plates and whilst these are drying, I’ll give a demonstration of methods of inking and preparation of the paper. The first print will be taken before inking to give you a Blind embossed plate. Before you ink your plate and print it conventionally, try running it through the press with damp paper to see how it looks as a blind embossed image. It helps to test the pressure of the press, and provides a new perspective on your plate.

Inking up using

  • Black Ink
  • CMYK inks and colour blending

Assessing results and planning for Day Two

Day Two

Assessing results and preparing further plates based on initial results

Once you have proofed your plates and are happy with the results, we will move onto the preparation inking needed to try out viscosity inking technique.

This process can be unpredictable but fun and by printing the offset images produced on the rollers onto tissue you also produce a library of paper to be used as Chine Collé. A Double Bonus!

And finally, the sharing of results and discussion.

Inking, as always, is key to the successful outcome of the print and is a significant element in the course.

Dates: Weekend 24/25 September
Times: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £200 / Members £190

The course aims to provide a fun environment for the participants to relax, enjoy and simply discover the vast range of printing possibilities. Ideas come through the process of making and the weekend provides a chance to explore and share the journey through print with other fellow printmakers ready to share their experiences and enthusiasm and to provide a library of ideas to take forward and develop.

Though experimentation is encouraged, the observation of good studio practice is expected and essential throughout the sessions.

The size board we will be using will be 16cms x 16cms and printing on 22cms x 22cms paper, all of which will be cut and ready.


24th September 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM BST
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