Welcome to the Bracken Press PRINT-workshop website

Individual courses for print-makers,

in intaglio (etching, drypoint, aquatint)

& block printing & wood engraving

(lino-prints, surface printing) & letterpress


Established 1974.

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This introductory course will introduce you to Letterpress printing with hands on experience. Working on page size of up to A4 using a mixture of wood and metal type you will learn how to create prints using a range of colours.


Wood engraving: working on small scale English Boxwood blocks using specialist burins you will learn how to cut your design into an end grain woodblock. Printing the block on 19th century printing presses you will produce a limited edition of prints.

  

Course dates for 2020


Postponed until the type caes have been moved to the new site


Due to forthcoming commitments there will be no courses in 2020






Cost of course £175.00

Day 1 Letterpress


Introduction to letterpress printing

Hand setting the wood metal type

The lay of an imporove type box

Quoins & locks for the chase

Point sizes and spacing.

Registration

Colour separations

Preparing to print

Make readies & make pieces

Adjusting the press

Printing

Dissing the text.



Day 2 Wood engraving


Preparing your design

Reversing the image

Transfering image to block

Practise block cutting with burins/ gravers

Preparing to print

Make readies & make pieces

Proofing & improving

Editioning your finished wood engraving.

Damping paper prior to printing

Printing dry or damp



Setting type & wood engraving together, the principles



Care of the equipment, solvents used etc.




At the close of the day you should have achieved a printing of at least an edition of 10 prints or more, depending on your skill.


Included in the course fee:-

A comprehensive list of current suppliers of materials.

English Boxwood block

Printing inks and consumables are included in the course fee.

Hand made paper.


















 

Workshop view, 11 x 5.5 metres 
Fully equipped to produce, etchings, lino - prints, wood engravings, wood cuts.
Workshop view, 11 x 5.5 metres
Fully equipped to produce, etchings, lino - prints, wood engravings, wood cuts.
Another compositors table with assembled text
Another compositors table with assembled text
Text locked into a chase ready for printing.
Text locked into a chase ready for printing.
Assembly of text before printing.
Assembly of text before printing.
Panoramic photo: Etching bay, Albion (large), Albion (small), etching press
Panoramic photo: Etching bay, Albion (large), Albion (small), etching press
Rollers inked up prior to printing
Rollers inked up prior to printing
Cases of letterpress 
full fonts
Cases of letterpress
full fonts
Prepared English Boxwood blocks for wood engraving
Prepared English Boxwood blocks for wood engraving
A compositors lay slab, used for laying out the letters in a chase before printing. Cast iron top with drawers underneath for storing full chases. Heater box for printing of etchings.
A compositors lay slab, used for laying out the letters in a chase before printing. Cast iron top with drawers underneath for storing full chases. Heater box for printing of etchings.

Columbian Platen Press

Dixon & Co. (1845)


Arrived 2015

Platen size 24 x 18 inches