Friday, 3 September 2010

Printmaking with collagraphs.

How does the weather know when it's a Bank Holiday? I'm sorry if your activities this last weekend were dampened or even washed out. However it made not a jot of difference to our three days in the studio where a group of very enthusiastic printers ( some beginners, some more experienced ) joined Laurie Rudling to create and print Collagraphs. This year we extended the course to three days - well worthwhile. It meant that plates could be more detailed and finished and thus enhance the quality of the work.

It involves collaging ( as the name suggests ) papers, card, fine fabric or textiles, threads, sometimes with carborundum powder, onto a card plate. It is then varnished and can be further detailed by pressing or incising into the dried varnish. This method of printing gives the subject a transparency and an almost ethereal quality.
Laurie is an absolute master of this technique. Do look on his website. His work will be on show at the Norwich Print Fair which opens next week in St Margarets Church (St Benedicts Street, Norwich) and also from the following week he is taking part in the valedictory exhibition Twenty by Twenty at the King of Hearts Gallery in Fye Bridge Street, Norwich.

Next year 2011 Laurie will tutor two courses at BAC. July 30th and 31st will be two plate etching using 'safe' materials and processes. Then October 15th to 17th will be three days of collagraph printmaking. Email me at for further details. In the meantime here are some more images of last weekend to whet your appetite!

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