The Proof is in the Printing: Card

Cardprints make a strong impression. Learn how to create rich tonal prints from card by cutting and ripping! 

By the end of this taster course, students should be able to:

Use a selection of tools, inks and machinery confidently to produce a selection of their own images in print using a simple Relief and Intaglio printmaking techniques in a Print Studio.

The Proof is in the Printing: Card

Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
1.5 hours
Day(s) and Times(s)
Tue 1 Aug, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Subject Area
Gregor McAlpine
Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • Students will be introduced to a selection of relevant artists’ works in the medium of Cardprint/Collagraphy.
  • Students will learn how to work a thick plate of card with a scalpel and other tools to create a printed image.
  • Students will learn how to apply and manipulate printing ink with a roller to produce a selection of their own printed images on paper using Card-printmaking techniques.

Teaching will be based in the COL Art and Design Short Courses G9/G10 studios at Thomson’s Land

1. The tutor will give a brief slide presentation showing relevant examples of Card/Collagraph prints by a selection of Artists

2. The tutor will demonstrate how to create an image using a scalpel and other intaglio tools on card.

3. The tutor will demonstrate the correct application of printing ink onto an image cut from card using a roller

4. The tutor will demonstrate how to “pull” a print using paper and a printing press.

5. Students will then proceed to produce their own Cardprints under supervision by the tutor.

6. Students will be able to take their prints home with them at the end of the Taster.

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Scalpels
  • Mountboard or six sheet card
  • Shellac
  • PVA glue
  • Relief printing inks
  • Rollers for inking
  • Cartridge paper
  • Newsprint
  • Tissue paper
  • Printing press

Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course:

  • N/A

Essential materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • An apron or an old shirt

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.