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. 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 almost too pretty to give away. I also created some little red prints of Father Christmas that could be cut out and stuck onto cards, envelopes or presents.
Moving downstairs into the main studio, a silk screen printing machine allowed you to create an envelope for the 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 to post.
All the members who helped out were so warm and helpful and more than willing to answer any questions you had, presenting printmaking as accessible to all. What really made the experience was how 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: 20th October 2019