Festival of Learning 2020-1

BPW Artists' workshops as part of Belfast Learning City's Festival of Learning

In 2020 Belfast City's Festival of Learning did not go ahead as planned, and instead took the form of an online festival. Five Belfast Print Workshop artists, Danielle, Helen, Josephine, Jonathan and Coby have been hard at work and prepared online workshops for you to try at home.

We posted these projects on our social media channels during January and March 2021, and they remain available for you whenever you feel the urge to print at home! Some equipment or materials may be necessary for part of the work demonstrated, we've included that information whenever possible.


Check out the projects below:

Printed Papers: making decorative paper

Available here: vimeo.com/522795919

Let's explore colour and shapes to make decorative papers. Danielle Morgan demonstrates basic printmaking techniques using a soft rubber block and tub of funky foam to make bespoke stamps.

This video explores:

  •        Tinting paper 
  •        Carve a rubber stamp
  •        Make a stamp with funky foam shapes
  •        Printing with a gelli plate and stencils

A fun easy project which can be enjoyed with young children. There's no age restriction on creativity, but supervision may be required for using a carving tool.

Turkish Fold: adhesive bookmaking tutorial

Available here: bit.do/BPW-FOL-5

This “how to” tutorial by Helen Lavery tutorial will take a beginner about 30 minutes to complete. Once practiced, a book can be completed in 5 - 10 minutes, plus drying time.

Today, the Turkish fold can commonly be found to store traditionally large maps for convenience. This folding technique has since become popular with artists, creating an interesting collapsing structure that unfurls pages at surprising angles, resulting in an interesting variation on the classic concertina.

Enjoy creating these out of finished artworks to give a new lease of life, or create with blank pages for future use. Once you have the basics, there are so many variations that can be discovered, adding a wealth of playtime and creativity. 

These small books will delight at any age, and can be used for a variety of journaling and notebook purposes and as gifts.

Printing from a Suitcase and Hand Monoprinting

Avilable here: vimeo.com/498318473

Join Artist and Printmaker Josephine McCormick at Belfast Print Workshop, as she demonstrates some enjoyable and creative printmaking techniques that you can undertake at home with some equipment bought in advance. The video covers drypoint, collograph, and monoprinting with cut stencils (you can make monoprints without a home press). This video is suitable for the complete beginner 15+ or someone that would like to expand their printmaking skills.

Printing with Card and a Variety of Household Materials

Avilable here: bit.do/BPW-FOL2

You don't need a print press or ink to make a print at home! With this photographed workshop by artist Coby Moore learn how to print at home using acrylic paints or watercolour and materials you have in the house. Use a CD, card, or cartridge paper to make great prints. This workshop is suitable for adults or for kids, with help of an adult. People who have visual impairments might also give this a try using textured objects like a CD or a flat stone.

Cyanotype Print Tutorial

Available here: vimeo.com/498704048

This workshop, by Jonathan Brennan, looks at the cyanotype process, also called blueprints or sun prints, a process almost as old as photography itself. Choose your level of difficulty: printing with paper and A & B solutions is easy and suitable for all ages, all you need is daylight and tap water. If you choose to create the solutions from chemicals, the level of difficulty rises. A sunny day is best, but even overcast days can produce images. Let yourself experiment and have fun!