It is the final day of the Introduction to Printmaking Course I have been doing at FDPW in Dunfermline. It has been great fun with six enthusiastic students who have all worked hard and produced a lot of good work in a short time. So far we have covered monoprinting, relief printing and intaglio at breakneck speed, but I hope it has whetted the appetite to learn more.
Last week we prepared collagraph plates, using everything from card to feathers, lace to matchsticks and plastic shuttlecocks. It was a good day although a bit of a mystery as nobody knows how they will print. We made sure the final results were well varnished both front and back to increase their lifespan.
So tomorrow is the excitement of printing them. We will start with a relief "proof" to get an idea of what we have. Maybe time for some adjustments, then intaglio printing and a combination of both for a more colourful print.

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