Etching Linoprints Wed June 6th

A great play day attended by Gabi, Marg, Bronwyn, Sue  and Kerry lead by Victoria -showing us the techniques for etching on lino. We all started with a 15cm square lino and painted the back and sides with shellac (as shown by Kerry and Bronwyn in the photo below). Most of us used plasticine as our resist, although masking tape, candle wax or acrylic vanish can also be used. Designs were drawn onto the lino, with the resist preventing etching.


A ‘well of plasticine’ was put around the edge of the lino (as demonstrated by Gabi on the photo above) to prevent the caustic soda from spilling over. All the lino plates were taken outside and spread with Selleys Oven plus heavy duty gel (as the caustic soda)being careful to wear gloves. Procedure as shown below.

We then left the lino plates for an hour for the caustic soda to etch the lino. The plates were then placed on the lawn and vinegar was poured over them to neutralise the caustic soda. As shown in the photos below. Then hosed off with water, and the plasticine (the resist) was taken off revealing the completed lino.

The final plates are then dried and oiled so that the etched areas do not dry out.

We are now looking forward to printing with the finished lino plates. Victoria is also repeating this play day again on Wed June 27th. The people who have booked in are Giuliana, Coralee, Lorraine, Dolly, Annette and Glenda.

Many thanks Victoria for showing us this great technique and bringing all the materials that we needed – we all loved it. A great morning.


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Hi Everyone

A great big thank you to Simone for running a great Linoprint play day. We all had a great day. Simone went through the process clearly explaining the process step by step and reminded us of our composition, drawing on the lino and cutting techniques.

Many thanks to Gabi, Annette, Giuilana, Victoria, Bronwyn, Lucy, Tania, Coralee and a lovely new member Kerry for attending.

We all patiently cut our lino. Some were able to even get to printing using a barren or the press.

Always lovely to share ideas and helping  each other in a caring environment.

Gabi and Kerry busy drawing and cutting out their images
Lucy and Bron busy at work with Simone in the background.

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Thank again everyone see you at the next Play Day in June

PS Sorry I didn’t capture everyone’s print


Waterless and Polyester Lithography Workshop

A very creative group of printmakers gathered at Wallace House in Noosaville for our weekend workshop in two contemporary lithography techniques taught by Judy Barrass and Victoria Atkins.  Gabi Dick’s delight at the outcome (below) says it all.


On Day One participants were introduced to waterless lithography, and, with a very steep learning curve, by the afternoon they were making  two two colour prints.






It was a day full of learning and heads were spinning with too much information, but Judy and Victoria promised a free ‘playday’ follow up in a few weeks to reinforce the learning. By then they hope participants will be confident enough to share their new skills with the rest of the group.

Sunday saw a change in direction with the introduction of polyester lithography, which  offered a somewhat more relaxed learning curve after the complexities of the waterless process . There were some great results.

Our aim as always within the Press Gang is to share skills and knowledge as far and wide as we can. We welcomed Brenda Dryburgh from Caloundra Printmaking group to the workshop and to the Press Gang, welcomed back an old friend artist and arts Educator Dale Leach, and were delighted that one of Australia’s best known and best loved printmakers Katharine Nix (and member of Press Gang)  was able to join us. 

Brenda Dryburgh
Katharine Nix

Printmaking is about loving the process, and this introduction to two new processes has added to the tools artist printmakers in Noosa and beyond have at their disposal. We are extremely grateful to Noosa Council and Arts Queensland for the RADF funding that made this workshop possible. Lots of fun, lots of new ideas, and a rich sharing printmaking community.

Bronwyn Barton
Marg Watts

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Eco Dye Workshop – with Coralee Asker

One of Coralee’s artist books.

In August the delightful Coralee Asker shared her experiences with eco dyes with the group. These notes and images are courtesy of Victoria Atkins who participated in the workshop. Thank you for the documentation Victoria.

Paper: Experiment with different papers. Some that work: Brown craft paper thin, 200gsm card, 75/80gsm paper and and even lower, shiny paper, printmaking paper. If you soak paper you get different results – one side can be soaked paper with mordant. When using a coloured paper, a lot of the colour gets cooked out and some it keeps.

Plants: Experiment. Some that work: Fennel makes a really soft image, Bloodwood gum -dark mark, Wattle -green marks in, copper, She oak -Graphic , Nasturtiums -quiet mark, Geraniums- quite distinct, Ferns -clear marks,  use the back of the leaves, Lilly pilly, Macaranga, Grevillea, Dried leaves can be used if soaked.

Mordants: An aluminium pot  works as a mordant or use alum – get from pharmacy, copper sulphate, iron sulphate. Each will give different results with the same plant material.1


Stack plants between folded papers
Insert your folded stacks between two tiles
Tie the stack and tiles firmly into a package. Leave a piece of string to use to lift the package out after cooking.
Prepare your vat. Stir in mordant. Heat.
Put your packages into the pot. Boil for 30 minutes or more. Cover the pot.
Turn off heat and remove your packages from the pot.
Open packages, rinse and dry papers.

Thanks Coralee for an awesome fun workshop and Victoria for the comprehensive notes and images.


Moulded Prints

MOULDED PRINTS  Play Day Wed April 12th with Judy Barass

A good turnout for a great play day. Many thanks Judy for your time and expertise in showing us all this great technique. Everyone brought along a print with oil based ink and as shown in the photo below (as demonstrated by Judy) the print was rubbed off the paper of the print. 

The paper from the back of the print was placed in the blender with water. Then squeezed out until still damp as shown below






The print was placed around the outside of the dish then lined with muslin and then the blended paper pulp pushed on the inside of the muslin as shown below







Some lovely examples below of the finished moulded prints. Many thanks to Victoria for taking the photographs.



Vietnamese Linoprints

Our first Play Day of 2017, many thanks to Di Tait for leading this interesting fun workshop on Vietnamese Linoprints.

We had a very good turnout with everyone  producing some great work.

Di set up workstations ready for us to start with a demo print for guidance
Di set up workstations ready for us to start with a demo print for guidance.


We all brought along a prepared lino block and proceeded to paint on the raised surfaces with oil paints. Then printing on black paper using a barren


Coralee was very organised and brought along her lino already pre coloured to help her choosing her oil colours and then produced

Coralee was very well prepared with lino already coloured ready for oil

this fabulous print








Giuliana was busy at work and ended up with a lovely print img_3601img_3627

Some great work from Bronwyn, Gabi, Rita , Lucy and Lorraine

















Helga produced some lovely autumn tones.


Di offering her expertise

Everyone busy at work






Drying prints



Many thanks Di for a great day we all learned some great new techniques. Looking forward to our next workshops in March

Community Print Event at Noosa Regional Gallery

It was rubbings and inking and stamping and more. It was exhausting and fun and messy and rewarding and even more exhausting. Our Press Gang community print event to finish off the year marking the Print Council of Australia’s 50th birthday ‘Year of Print’  was a day to remember.

Thank you to the wonderful band of helpers Dale, Di, Gabi, Bronwyn, Rita, Lorraine, Glenda,  Giuliana and Judy.

sheet1 sheet2 sheet3 sheet4 My favourite moments were when Amy, who was first comer on the day and totally entranced with printmaking, starting becoming one of the facilitators and showing others what to do after an hour or so. And the wonderful little girl who had just the right muscles for using the barren.

Amy becomes the teacher after an hour or so
Amy (right) becomes the teacher after an hour or so
She’s going to be a printmaker when she grows up, or perhaps even before.

Christmas Comes But Once a Year – And So Does the Print Swap.

christmasChristmas come just once a year and it’s a time to celebrate friendship, good cheer, and printmaking, and a time to have a jolly good feast and a lot of fun.

gabiThank you to our wonderful hostess Gabi who set up a beautiful open air restaurant in her garden and made sure everything went well.

table The food was great, as was the company.

ditable5And after the feast came the eagerly awaited annual print swap. A feast of lovely ideas and techniques. It can be a little hard to get in to the crush to get your set of prints, but it’s well worth it, and then you settle down to look at the spoils.

swap2swap1Thank you to everyone who participated. Getting the edition done on time is not always easy, but the rewards are great.

And then it’s time for pavolova!!!

pavWhat a great bunch of printmakers. Thanks for a lovely lunch. See you on January 18th 2017.


It’s what printmaking is all about, multiple copies from one matrix, but executing a perfect edition is one of the hardest things to master.

We decided on an edition of 20 for our Christmas swap and that’s a tall order for beginning printmakers or those who have chosen a complicated process, but it’s a great learning process and it’s going to be fun seeing and talking about the prints while we feast on Christmas goodies at Gabi’s house on the 7th December.

Did you say 20?! By December 7th?!
Gabi’s print is a mixture of techniques executed in her own style of printing two at once, so half of the edition is a mirror image of the other.

Meanwhile Rachel is experimenting with her first dry point plates, with mixed success but a lot of determination.


And Judy and Victoria have been in the big metropolis of Toowoomba learning the technique of waterless lithography. Expect to be offered a workshop next year when they have perfected their skills.

Vicki and Judy with Annie Day and Robyn Ezra, the Printmaking Sisters, who taught the Toowoomba workshop.