Saturday, 27 January 2018

Kitchen Table Intaglio

A few months ago I said I’d give a workshop to the Art Society on intaglio printmaking. It happens on February 8th so I thought I’d better start thinking about it.

I’ve managed to do the process from plate making through to printing using easily accessible materials. The only specialist thing it needs is printing ink (I’m using Caligo, I have some that’s been in the cupboard for ages, I don’t especially like using it but it will be easy to clean up at the end of the session). 

The plates are made from old photos. Different tones are added using masking tape, sellotape and sticky labels. These are all relatively non porous so the plates don’t need sealing. Lines can be carefully incised with a knife or scratched with a darning needle.

The plates are printed using a pasta maker (does this count as easily accessible?)

These are the examples I worked up, plates and prints. 

They are a bit red but I have a lot of this colour and I want to keep as large a range as possible available for the workshop. 

Now I have to see if this is possible to do with a group in the time I’ve got.


  1. Good luck with the workshop today Jac. Just catching up with blogs and can see you are being very active! I usually find that most people turn up to a workshop with such limited understanding that anything you teach them will be lapped up. Hope it was a great day.

    1. Thanks
      I'd forgotten how much prep, tearing up paper etc goes into a workshop in a school hall rather than a specialist studio and on reflection I think collagraph printing in 2 hours (including clean up) was a bit ambitious but I think it went well. Everyone produced at least one print and most worked through the tea break which is always a good sign.


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