Almost a year ago I had a chance to do a little bit of printmaking at Edinburgh Printmakers. I thought it was the middle of winter but it turns out it was March and winter just decided to make a little come back to Scotland.
Printmaking is something I've always wanted to try and hopefully will get to do more of in 2014. I've admired the work of Edinburgh-based printmakers and illustrators such as Mina Braun, Fiona Purves, or Robbie Porter for a long time and it was exciting to finally see what it's all about.
I didn't have much time to prepare for the class so I quickly put together a typographic template in Photoshop. We were using a screen printing technique where ink is pushed through the stencil against the surface of the paper, using a squeegee. (I only had my phone camera so please excuse poor photos quality).
First I used a pencil to copy my design onto a transparent paper.
Then it was used to make a stencil. This involved developing the stencil using UV light and then washing it with water (which I haven't really undrestood, more classes needed me thinks!)
The best stage was choosing the paint colour - our group went for purple.
I'm not particularly happy with how it turned out but it was fascinating to see how screen printing works. I would love to do a series of classes at EP this year and become a member so I can work at the workshop on my own in the evenings.
Here is a website of Edinburgh Printmakers. They have a little gallery and a shop with art of local artists - worth checking if you're in Edinburgh.
Have you done screen printing or other form of printmaking before?
23 Union St, Edinburgh EH1 3LR