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Meet the Maker: Katie Edwards

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hi, I'm Katie Edwards and I'm a freelance illustrator and screen printer, I produce conceptual illustrations for a wide range of international clients from editorial to advertising. I also sell screen prints online, in galleries and at art shows. Read more

Relief Printing Rollers: A Comprehensive Guide

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Choosing the right roller for your relief printing can get confusing. Different uses, budgets, sizes and preferences can dictate which roller is best for you. We've put together a guide to lino rollers to help you choose the best roller for you. Read more

Meet the Maker: Turid Monteith

Thursday, November 01, 2018

I'm Turid, I live in West Sussex. I'm a mum of three teenagers and owner of two cats and a nutty spaniel called Peggy. I was a teacher then children’s counsellor, but gave that up a few years ago, and took the plunge with setting up a small business. Now I’m lucky enough to balance family life, and a part-time job, with working from home drawing, designing and printing fabric, and hand making linen products. Read more

Which Carbon Paper Should I Use?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

When transferring designs to a block, there are several factors to consider: can the design be seen on the block? Will it wash off? Will the design be transferred to the print? In this project, we test two different carbon papers on six different relief blocks. We test them with three types of ink: waterbased, water washable and oil based to see which combinations work the best.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Paperwilds

Thursday, October 18, 2018

My name is Freya Scott and I am a book binder, photographer and marbler. I work mostly out of a studio in London, but I also work across the country teaching, especially in the West Country where I am an instructor with Bound by Veterans, a charity that helps sick and injured veterans to gain valuable skills and qualifications as well as experience the therapeutic effect of craft. Read more

Ironing the Wax out of a Batik

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Making a batik is the satisfying process of layering wax and dye to create bold, intricate designs. The more layers of dye and wax that are added, the thicker and stiffer the fabric will become. At the end of this process, you're left with a hard, milky-looking piece of cloth. Here's how to iron the wax out of your batik to get the vibrancy back into your designs!  Read more

Meet the Maker: Ian Mowforth

Thursday, October 04, 2018

I am a painter and printmaker. I have experimented with pretty much every type of material and process over the years. I always return to painting and printing though. Read more

Halloween Printing with Night Glo Acrylic Ink!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

If you're a Halloween lover this project is for you! We've had a go with Speedball's Acrylic Night Glo Ink and made our own glow in the dark Halloween poster. This ink really gives your prints a twist - it would be great for children's (or adults'!) bedrooms too. Read more

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