Kitchen Printmaker – 4 techniques to try at home
Four fun free demonstrations with workshop kits available to take home. The mantra at The Studio is ‘re-use, re-cycle, up-cycle’ and these print sessions have been devised with this very much in mind. In these all-day workshops, illustrator and printmaker Cathy Brett, will demonstrate four printing techniques that don’t require any posh studio equipment, just items you may have lying around your kitchen. She’ll introduce you to Cola Lithography – which involves making a lithography ‘plate’ and utilising the water repellent properties of oils and wax, with French soap, kitchen foil and a fizzy drink! You’ll be amazed at the magical chemistry of the inking process and the painterly quality of the prints. In the Cyanotype session you’ll explore the pre-photography Victorian duplication process that was once used to make copies of technical drawings and architectural plans. Now it’s been adopted by artists as a wonderful printmaking method. Cathy will demonstrate and guide you through the process of creating botanical prints using plants gathered from the garden, then watch as the chemicals change from lime green to dull grey, and then brilliant and deep indigo blues just with the light from the sun. In the third and fourth sessions you will discover how to use a simple pasta press, recycled plastic and Tetra Paks(!) to make beautiful and professional-looking drypoint etchings or three-dimensional collagraph prints.
Participants can then purchase kits with all the materials and tools * required for each technique, plus instructions and links to YouTube videos, so you can be a Kitchen Printmaker in your own home! The kits will also be available online, prices TBC.
* some additional easily obtainable household or grocery items may be required. Pasta presses can often be found on eBay for under £10.