What is silkscreen?
Screenprinting is a sophisticated form of stencilling where the stencil is carried on a mesh, these days made of polyester, stretched tightly across a frame. It is an incredibly versatile medium as, using the correct stencil and mesh, it is possible to print on a wide variety of substrates such as paper, glass, ceramics, textiles or perspex.
What is Letterpress?
Letterpress is relief printing of text and image. It was the normal form of printing text in Europe from its invention, in Mainz, Germany, by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for newspapers, books and other forms of the written until the second half of the 20th century.
It is a process that uses a ‘type-high’ printing press and movable type, upon which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. In addition to the direct impression of inked movable type onto paper or another receptive surface, the term Letterpress can also refer to the direct impression of inked printmaking blocks such as photo-etched zinc or copper half-tone plates, linoleum blocks, wood engravings, etc.
What is Relief Printmaking?
To Relief print is to use different surfaces in order to make your image. It is quite a simple way of printmaking, you roll ink onto the surface of your design and under pressure in a press,the image is impressed onto the paper.
You can cut into Lino,Wood , engrave perspex, and make collographs.
What are the studio hours?
We are open Monday to Saturday .
Session times are:
10am-1pm /2pm-5pm / 6pm-9pm (not Fri/Sat) Please call to book evening sessions.
We are open for 6.30pm-9.30pm on Thurs Evenings. Please call in advance to confirm your place.
Can I buy materials?
Yes , we sell a variety of papers and printmaking sundries, inks , tapes etc. We are an agent for Handprinted.net and sell a range of screenprinting inks and dyes for both paper and fabric.
Can I exhibit with Ink Spot Press?
We actively encourage our members to produce work that we can bring to various art fairs. We also hold exhibitions at Ink Spot Press and other venues.