The Proof is in the Printing: Ink

Draw, impress and transfer. Add and subtract ink. Learn to make Monoprints and Monotypes and gain an insight into some very effective methods and techniques for producing a print.

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 simple printmaking techniques in a Print Studio.

The Proof is in the Printing: Ink

Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
1.5 hours
Day(s) and Times(s)
Tue 18 July, 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 Monoprint and Monotype

Students will learn to apply and manipulate printing ink to produce a selection of their own printed images using the Monoprint and Monotype 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 Monoprints and Monotype prints  by a selection of Artists

2. The tutor will demonstrate how to produce a Monoprint by hand

3. The tutor will demonstrate how to produce a Monotype print using a printing press.

4. Both techniques will include a demonstration by the tutor on the correct application of printing ink to a zinc/acetate plate using a selection of methods prior to printing.

5. Students will then proceed to produce their own Monoprints and Monotypes under supervision by the tutor.

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

Web Sources

Ken Currie Monotypes at the Glasgow Print Studio

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

  • Printing Press
  • Zinc plate or acetate acrylic sheet
  • Rollers for inking
  • Printing inks
  • Small watercolour brushes
  • Pencils
  • Cotton buds
  • Cartridge paper
  • Newsprint
  • Tissue paper

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.