Last Saturday afternoon I went on a magical mystery tour to Fulham Broadway in search of a pretty little gallery full of printmaking workshop fun.
All our materials and tools were set out for us along with tea cups of lemonade and delightful heart shaped, glitter topped, homemade brownies. Zeena had provided lots of different paper goods for folk to print onto including greetings cards, envelopes, luggage labels and all the pieces to make a notebook. I brought along some sets of children’s playing cards which I wanted to turn into Thrift-ola business cards.
Zeena started the workshop by demonstrating how to make our lino stamp and then showed us various printing techniques using different inks, stamps and rollers.
I wanted to print my website address onto the reverse of my playing cards. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring a print out of my logo so had to trace it from my iPhone. Anyone tried that before? Not really a very neat idea. Once traced, I transferred it onto my slab of pink Speedy Carve and began to scoop out the parts around the logo which I didn’t want to print.
Once the stamp was created it was time to test it out! If I’m honest… I wasn’t that pleased with the results. I think trying to create text is tricky and the reverse of my playing cards already had a pattern on them which didn’t help with readability – one thing that’s kinda crucial on a business card!
Casting my eye around the table I could see some other much more pleasing results… Printing onto a blank piece of card seemed critical and creating a repeat pattern looked awesome.
This was my favourite stamp of the day – a super pretty pink ice cream sundae!
Many of the girls then chose to make notebooks by gathering together some sheets of blank white A4 paper with a piece of card on the bottom and stitching up the centre. What a neat idea!
I most certainly want to do some more lino printing and will make good use of the techniques and tips I learnt from Zeena’s delightful workshop. I am however, still on the hunt for an idea to make my crafty-vintagey Thrift-ola business cards!