Independent Editions is a collaborative printmaking workshop, where artists can realize their ideas with the support of a Tamarind Institute trained printer leaving the artist free to concentrate on the creative aspects of the project.

The emphasis is on high quality limited edition prints hand pulled with lightfast inks on quality rag paper. All works are fully documented by the studio.


To make a lithograph, the artist first draws an image, in reverse, on a fine-grained limestone or aluminum plate. For a one-color lithograph, this will be the only drawing. Each additional color will generally require a separate stone or plate.

Artists draw with crayons, pencils, and washes which have a high grease content.

Once the artist has finished drawing with the black grease pigments, the printer takes over and chemically treats the stones and/or plates to stabilize the image for printing. The printer then sprinkles rosin on the surface to protect the drawing. Then he or she powders the surface with talc which helps the chemical etch lie more closely to the tiny grease dots which compose the drawing.

The etch, which is a solution of gum Arabic and nitric acid, is then applied to the stone and left for about an hour to combine with the grease particles and the calcium carbonate of the stone.

The printer then removes the original drawing materials with a solvent, leaving the greasy image barely visible on the stone. The printing inks, which are also greasy, will adhere to the image area. The stone's surface is kept wet, which prevents the ink from adhering to non-image areas.

Courses & Access

Independent Editions is a collaborative printmaking workshop, where artists can realize their ideas with the support of a Tamarind Institute trained printer. Leaving the artist free to concentrate on the creative aspects of the project. The emphasis is on high quality limited edition prints hand pulled with lightfast inks on quality rag paper. All works are fully documented by the studio. We are currently putting together a programme of courses and workshops. Check our Facebook page for the most up to date information

Contract Work

Artists who wish to make a lithograph can work closely with the Master Printer all costs are covered by the artist who then takes away the complete edition. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the project and the quantity of the edition.

This can be suitable for galleries who wish to commission an edition by one of the artists they represent.

Monotype sessions can also be accommodated on full or a half-day basis.

Publishing

The studio will be approaching artists in the near future with a view to collaborating with them on the printing of one or more lithographs. All costs will be covered by the studio and once costs have been recouped the profits will be split with the Artist.

Contact Us

Send us an email at independenteditions@gmail.com or mick@indpendenteditions.com .Give us a call on 085 8509311. Check our Facebook page.


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