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Experimental low-tech printing

You will be working on a base of good quality watercolour and cartridge papers to build up a sophisticated and colourful range of prints.

Students will start by creating a series of background textures using cling film, bubble wrap and salts

You will then make your own printing block, which you will use to layer over your backgrounds with inks, acrylic paints and various acrylic mediums.

Some of these will print as a transparent layer and you will then wash over with a contrasting colour to reveal your "hidden" print.

You will also use embossing powders, cured with a heat gun and "puff" paints to create texture.

Your images may then be finalised with details added with coloured pencils.

All the techniques explained are suitable for home use.

Prints may be used as framed pictures or to create some beautiful greetings cards.

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I am teaching two sessions of this popular workshop this Autumn:

Saturday October 10th 2015 at Gallery at Brockholes, Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston and conveniently situated adjacent to junction 31 of the M6 motorway.
To book see www.the, where the full Autumn programme of workshops on a variety of subjects is listed or telephone 01772 872010 to book. Parking is free for all workshop participants.

I will also be teaching the same workshop on Sunday 13th December at the Drift Gallery, Lytham St Annes, where we will be especially considering the use of these techniques to make beautiful Christmas cards or gifts.
See the website for Drift Gallery on or telephone 07738737570 to book