printmaking lithography


Today The Edinburgh Printmakers had an open day on where they had various different taster workshops, so a fellow student, @rafia-mfad , and myself decided to go along and see what was available for us to try.

We started off with a screen printing workshop, I’d always wanted to try screen printing but never had the chance, and I really enjoyed it! I spent a bit too much time thinking about what to draw instead of just doing it so my final result isn’t exactly what I had in mind but nevertheless I had fun with it.

Secondly we did a plate lithography workshop. We started off with an A5 sheet of acetate and we had different pictures we could use for collage and some fine liner pens with which we could add more details. The images were then exposed onto a metal plate covered with a light-sensitive emulsion coating using a UV light exposure machine. The next step was to develop the exposed plate using an alkaline solution called ‘Neat Posidev’. We then applied ‘Gum Arabic’ to the developed plates, this is used to attract water to certain areas which ensures the oil based ink doesn’t stick in those areas. We had to use a roller to apply oil based ink to our images and keep the images wet using a sponge and clean water. Lastly the images were put through a motorised press and we finally had our prints. I found this workshop to be my favourite because I’ve never done anything like it before and I’m happy with how my print turned out.

Our final workshop of the day was a Drypoint workshop. Beginning with a plain piece of paper we quickly sketched out our ideas. We the placed a sheet of acetate on top of our drawing and used a drypoint needle to traced/scratch our design into the acetate. We covered out design in ink, cleared off the excess and put it through a motorised press. I’m happy with how this final print turned out, but I wish I’d had a little more time to polish my design.

Overall I had a really enjoyable day, it’s made me want to go back and see what courses they have on offer in the future.


Rain Magic
BHP in Tokyo, at Geidai aka Tokyo University of the Arts, printing with the one and only @itazulitho - here’s me graining a stone and printing it w some chine-collé on a press that might just be a tad too small.

Writing this while commuting to food, so apologies for brevity and possible typos.

Stay fierce everyone. Also say hello if in Tokyo!



Come say hi to BHP at SGCI, before all this deep fried food kills me. Also, bonus points for donuts, and the free 8am breakfast (free food, that’s where the real artists at).

1. Thomas Lucas doing his rad demo. You weren’t allowed to attend if you didn’t have social media to document it on. So 2017. Bonus points for whoever spots the amazing @anniebissett in the crowd.
2. Meeting @catclawpress Kelly had me at a loss of words momentarily, rare BHP stupefied moment.
3. Sidecar press
4. Oldschool tumblr hangout with @knmacneil Kate and @wnussbaum William, talking 2011 tumblr and how y'all fell off along the way. It’s not like it used to be anymore.
5. Drivebypress
6. Casual printing on a Subaru engine block converted to a press. Longer crank shaft, and the thing is ready to go into mass production. Forgot the guys name, but the motorblock-press is all over insta. Do your social media thing ppl.

Slow head, slow hands, slow heart.
Beijing printing snippet. BHP has used up all social energy, but so many days left.

Surprised by so many things here. If it weren’t for the bad air and terrible terrible internet (apparently the latter can be remedied, with enough $, for the former there’s masks, nothing new for the printmaking population), could totally see a new BHP base somewhere in China.

Aaaaanyway, what’s the point. Here’s 10sec, June Wayne speaks about the sounds of litho, gotta do some filtering and selective hearing, but they’re in this video too.

There’s treasure everywhere.


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