Cardcuts and Collagraphs – What are they?

A collagraph is a printing plate that has been made by constructing a low “relief” collage with textures such as textured wallpaper and pieces of fabric. It is a great technique for people who like to make collages and work directly with materials. Once the printing plate is made and sealed, it is inked up by rubbing the ink into the plate surface and printed on to damp paper through an etching press.

A Card cut can be cut from a piece of card such as mounting board, using a sharp knife. The surface of the card is cut away in areas to make the image, in a similar way to cutting into the surface of a piece of lino to create an image. The cut away area and surface area of the card will print differently when the card is inked and printed to reveal the image. Sarah teaches both of these techniques on her Cardcut and Collagraph weekend courses the next one is 28th February  – 1 March. People love working with the materials and using surprising materials to create images. They go away with some stunning and unexpected results… But don’t take my word for it this is what a course participant thought….

Card cut image of a harbour A Collagraph made on a Recent course. By Jacqui Mair
 Collagraph by Deirdre Nolan and CardCut by Jacqui Mair created on recent courses 

Feedback from a course participant……

I attended the Red Hot Press Cardcuts and Collograph workshop weekend in November last year and I can highly recommend it. For anyone who likes to experiment and get really interesting creative results this is the workshop to go for. I had a great sense of achievement and went home with a good selection of prints as did everyone else who attended. A great way to relax and immerse in a really gratifying printing technique.

One-to-One Tuition at Red Hot Press

As well as our fabulous courses, we are able to do one-to-one tuition in any technique we teach at the workshop.

One-to-one tuition is a great alternative to courses for lots of reasons. Perhaps you can’t make it to a course, or you have a very specific thing you need to achieve and you don’t have the luxury to give a whole weekend over to doing it on a course

Or you might be looking at becoming a member and you want to ‘fast track’ your printmaking or brush up on existing skills and feel a course just isn’t the right thing for you.

Whatever the reason we are happy to help and can work with you for one hour to a whole day, or more. Whatever you feel you need to get to a point where you are then happy to carry on working alone.

Recently we worked with Alys Scott-Hawkins who came and spent a morning learning to screenprint. Alys was part of the Talent Development Programme at a space arts and used some of her bursary to increase her skills in printmaking  which will hopefully feed directly into her own practice.

If you are interested in one-to-one tuition just contact us.

Alys Scott-Hawkins screenprinting at the workshop

Alys Scott-Hawkins screenprinting at the workshop

Treat your loved ones to a Printmaking course this Christmas.

We are kicking off 2015 with two great Printmaking courses. On Monday 12th January we start a five afternoon Introduction to Printmaking Course 12 January – 9 February 2pm – 5pm course fee £115. We will cover three great printmaking techniques namely Cardcuts (a similar technique to Collagraphs) Drypoint and Etching. This is a great opportunity to taste three different printmaking techniques. All of these techniques will help you to explore rich textures, expressive mark making and beautiful colours in your final prints. 

Visit the Printmaking Techniques page of our website to view examples of these techniques

Visit this page of our website to book onto this course

On Saturday 17th January we have a one day Screen Printing course.  This course is either a refresher or introduction to paper stencil screen printing. A chance to learn the ropes before progressing on to our more in-depth photographic screen printing courses. We will cover appropriate imagery for stencil screen printing. Use of colour and colour overlays to create further colours. Stencil cutting and printing techniques. You will leave the course with a good grounding in this techniques and lots of colourful prints!

 Screen Print Day Saturday 17th January 10am – 4:30pm course fee £65

If you would like to have further information about this course and to book follow this link to our website.