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Meet the Maker: Basil and Ford

Thursday, September 20, 2018

We are a husband and wife screen printing duo. We met at university where we were both studying Art & Design. In 2011 we got engaged and started the hunt for wedding stationery. We couldn't find what we wanted without a huge price tag so we ended up hand screen printing them ourselves and we caught the bug. Fast forward a couple of years and we were married and still working in London, both in design/ad agencies and then found out we were expecting our first little one. We assessed all our options and decided we wanted to head out of the big smoke before the baby arrived and thought we would go all in and set up Basil & Ford back in Stamford all before Matilda turned up in September 2013. And the rest, as they say is history. Read more

Screen Printing Hand Drawings using Film Marker Pens

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Translating drawings into print doesn't have to include scanning and digitally manipulating your design on a computer. By using opaque film markers onto screen film we are able to skip the digital part altogether and create a photographic screen directly from the drawings you produce. This allows you to work in full scale, even tracing other print layers or design elements so that they will fit exactly.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Rob Barnes

Thursday, September 06, 2018

I studied painting and printmaking at Hull College of Art and London University in the early 1960s. I taught etching, screen-printing, linocut and related surface printmaking at Keswick Hall College in Norfolk. Later I moved to the University of East Anglia where I continued teaching in the School of Education until 2006. Read more

Caring for an Exposed Screen

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Meet the Maker - Marian Haf

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I’m Marian and in short I'm a Mother of three, allotment neglecter and printmaker, I live in my native West Wales on the side of a hill in Ceredigion. I dabble with screen printing, wood cuts the odd bit of lino but collagraphs are my thing. 
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Jigsaw Linocut with a Rainbow Roll

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A rainbow roll is a great way to easily add a beautiful range of colours to a linocut. This project uses only two colours to create a range of shades, all in one printing layer.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Bailey Schmidt

Thursday, August 09, 2018

I’m Bailey, the artist behind Young Schmidt Prints. I’m American but living in the UK with my husband and our two dogs, Murph and Eddie. I consider myself an illustrator and printmaker, but most of my days right now are filled with botanical-inspired linocut prints. I absolutely love houseplants and greenery, and my art very much reflects that.
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Screen Printing Hand Drawn Designs with Grain Mark Screen Film

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

We often talk about creating digital images to make exposed screens but there are a lot of ways to use hand drawn designs that bypass the need for computers at all - hooray! Grain Mark Screen Film allows you to draw directly onto a screen film whilst maintaining all your lovely textural marks. Charcoal and black oil pastels work particularly well. Here's a project using Grain Mark Screen Film to print some fabric: Read more

Meet the Maker: Gail Brodholt

Thursday, July 26, 2018

I am a painter and printmaker based in London. Read more

What's a Halftone? Screen Printing a Tonal Image

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

People often want to screen print photographic images and hope to use black and white photographs for this. To do this you need an exposed screen. The way screen printing works is the mesh either has to be open or closed (ink passes through the open areas but cannot pass through the closed areas) therefore grey tones do not work. To make a photographic image work we have to fool the brain into thinking that there are grey areas.  Read more