Steph Renshaw, tutor at Bristol Print Room,can teach the following printing methods and can tailor the session to suit your ability and interests.
Linocut is a relief printing method where the design is carved into a linoleum plate. The remaining surface of the plate is inked with a roller and the image transferred to paper by applying pressure.
Lino prints can be printed with or without a printing press and is therefore very accessible and can be done at home with minimum equipment. I can teach beginners or advanced techniques.
Depending on your experience you can cover the basics, make a set of greetings cards, use colour blends, or explore reduction printing.
A great method for making bold, graphic prints.
Collagraph is an intaglio printing method where a textured plate is made up using techniques similar to collage. The plate is then inked up and polished back so that image is made from ink trapped in the surface texture. This image is transferred to paper using a printing press to apply pressure.
Its a very experimental medium as there are endless options for plate materials and inking methods. It is suitable for all ages and abilities. It's a great way to make colourful, textural, playful prints.
Drypoint is an intaglio printing method. A sharp steel point is use to scratch an image into the surface of the plate. The abrasions on the surface trap ink which can then be transferred to paper using a press.
Tonal work can be created using cross hatching or by manipulating the ink remaining on the surface of the plate.
I can show you how to add bold splashes of colour using Chine Collé.
This is a lovely way to make atmospheric prints particularly if you enjoy drawing.
Etching is a process that uses a chemical reaction to create an image on a printing plate rather than using tools directly.
By repeating the process of masking/etching several times, the image is built up in layers of line and tone. The etched plates themselves are lovely objects in their own right. They can also be inked and the image transferred to paper via a press.
This technique would best suit someone familiar with intaglio printing. Making the plate is relatively process-heavy but it's a great method for printing an edition.