Saturday, 30 January 2016

print workshop round up

The print workshop that I ran with Ruby earlier in the month was a great success. As this was our first one we were a little apprehensive, but needn't have been. We had a lovely group of creative people eager to try their hand at screen printing on fabric and Gelli plate printing onto paper and card. 


Both of the techniques are very different and our students enjoyed creating their individual pieces with different mediums.



Gelli plate printing is a form of mono-printing. You can add texture to your prints using a combination of techniques, with which you can create multiple layers of colour and pattern. The uses for your finished designs are endless, greetings cards, bookmarks, gift boxes and tags can be made, or you can really work into a piece to create an original artwork to frame. 
Once you have gained confidence with your skills you can also print onto canvases or fabric, which opens up a whole range of new projects to print.
 
We screen printed using acetate stencils that I had pre-cut. On this small scale you can print the same design several times to build up a repeat pattern, arranging the layout to create an individual piece of fabric or tea towel. 


As time was limited during the workshop most of the students did a one colour print, but some added an additional colour by block printing. This is another technique for printing on fabric and is fairly simple, but very effective.

This wonderfully vibrant combination was created with two of the screen printing stencils.
 


We're busy planning our next workshops, so stay tuned if you'd like to come along and try out these printing techniques! 

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