Walking into Northern Print from the drab Sunday afternoon rain provided a pleasant contrast of brightness and vibrancy. As part of Ouseburn Open Studios, the printmaking studio and gallery opened its doors to the public to try their hand at printmaking and I went ahead and gave it go.
The gallery is the first space you walk into and on display were a whole range of prints. Being a complete print novice myself I was curious as to how I was going to get involved creating the artwork, but all was to be revealed. On offer was a range of printmaking techniques to get involved with, the first being a simple stamp and ink press. I’m pretty chuffed with my blue Christmas scene card creation that is far too pretty for me to actually write on and give to someone.
Moving downstairs into the main studio, a silk screen printing machine allowed you to create an envelope for the aforementioned pretty card, in corresponding cornflower blue. After a few pushes and pulls from me, and some swipes from the lovely lady helping, I had my envelope outline ready for me not to post to anyone because I’m too selfish to give my creation away. One of the prints I am willing to give my friends or family the pleasure of having are some little red Christmas prints that can be cut out and stuck onto cards, envelopes or presents.
All the members who helped out were so friendly and more than willing to answer any questions you had, conveying how printmaking is a very welcoming and accessible style of art. What really made the experience was how involved the artists ensured everyone was involved in the print making process and now I have a taste for printmaking I might just sign up for a course at Northern Print!
Last modified: 23rd April 2019