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.