Printmaking starting March 18th at 9:30 am continuing every Thursday Morning until the end of April

Current restrictions allow for 5 people and the instructor. When we can open up more, we can have spots for 6 that we can supply a brayer to. Other than that you must have your own brayer, (we can not share due to Covid safety.) Check supplies need every class, and particular supplies for each class below. Keep scrolling. 🙂

March 18, 2021 -Styrofoam tray printing.

Please bring styrofoam trays from food if you have some, (I will be bringing some if you don’t have any) and a pencil as well as regular items listed below.

March 25, 2021 – Collographs – making a textured surface out of found objects, including cardboard, box board, string, … and using this as a printing surface

Please bring things you think might provide interesting textures that can be glued to a surface and an exacto knife.(as well as regular items listed below)

April 1, 2021 – gelli plates 

Please bring any stencils you may have, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, onion bags, nifty patterned buttons or anything you can press into something that would leave an imprint. (As well as regular items)

April 8, 2021 – Soft cut lino blocks. Please come prepared with a possible design remember it needs to be the mirror image of what you want to see.

This time we can supply soft blocks . We have 50!. They are great because you can make many many copies from these so great for making cards but you can only create one design. You do want your design well thought out as you wouldn’t want to waste your block. We also have the carving tools, 4 sets of 5 different blades, handles have been made for all blades so there will be 20 different carving tools. Again you will need to bring regular supplies listed below)

April 15th, 2021 – Frotage, bring box board, cardboard, white glue, other textured items, we will also go hunting for textures in the building. Regular paper needed and crayons.

April 22, 2021 – Collage. Bring magazine photos and/or national geographic magazines, white glue, paint brush to use in white glue, scissors. Maybe some of your previously printed items. 

April 29, 2021 – Collaborative pieces will be made bring all your stamps, monoprints, carved blocks, magazine pics and hopefully we can make some great art pieces to sell or auction off as a fund raiser for the Herman Prior.

Supplies needed for each session will be posted here hopefully at least the Monday before hand.

We have some supplies that when we are going to be talking about types of printing using “Gelli Plates” and “Soft Cut lino” (using carving tools) we will make these available but we have a small number of them, so you may have to wait your turn and sign them out later.

A deposit will be necessary for some of these items if you want to borrow them for a week.

YOU will need to bring

You will need to bring your own paint, you need a paint with some thickness not a liquid paint. Any colours you like, the primaries are a good start, red, blue, yellow, black and white.

Other good ones, magenta, lime green, cyan

A brayer, Hard rubber roller. – we have purchased 6. If you can provide your own that would be good.

A piece of glass, or smooth plastic placemat to roll paint out on

You will also need

  • A good supply of card stock paper.
  • A place for paper to dry afterwards.
  • rag/s or baby wipes to clean off your brayer/ glass surface and print form
  • pencil
  • water

Other supplies we may be using

  • styrofoam trays ( Some will be available at the Herman Prior Activity Centre)
  • rubberbands
  • hot glue gun (we have a few at the Herman Prior)
  • tracing paper
  • masking tape
  • bubblewrap
  • string
  • soft foam sheets (found at the dollar store) you can cut it with scissors
  • cardboard
  • box board (cereal box cardboard )
  • small blocks of wood
  • aluminium foil
  • plant material (someday) – leaves, end of a cabbage
  • lace, netting,
  • watercolour paints
  • toilet paper tubes
  • white erasers to carve into and make stamps
  • exacto knife
  • markers
  • a comb or business card with grooves cut out of it
  • anything that makes marks – the end of a spool, the side of cardboard,
  • possibly crayons
  • possibly pencil crayons
  • corks
  • Gelli plate – HPAC has 9 (3 sets of 3 different sizes)

Many things can be achieved and created through printing, some deigns are mono-prints meaning they are one of a kind, these can be lots of fun and quite serendipitous.

Others the advantage is that you can use a block and make the same image over and over again.

Even doing that there are ways you can make each a unique piece of art by creating a different background before printing it or adding to it once printed.

You can overlap various prints one on top of the other after the layer behind has dried.

Our goal is to start off with easier cheaper methods of printmaking and advancing to more expensive detailed methods of printmaking.

Start thinking about what image you might want to reproduce a lot of, as cards or art pieces. Think about it in a gray scale, what will be a solid colour what will be white, and how can you texture the rest to create the greys in between, or not.

My goal is that we can have a collaborative printmaking session sometime. Maybe even create some member pieces that we could auction off as a fundraiser for the Herma Prior Activity Centre


Prints made in class by Herman Prior Members