Tips on where to buy things?
It’s so easy. Just keep an eye on this page as it develops and grows.
Useful printmaking tips, suggestions and connections… Gradually added over time for your printmaking pleasure. And if there is something you’d really like to see included, please email Simone here… She’ll do her best to pop it on :)
Currently listed below:
Where to buy Dorothy-the-die-cutter, aka the Xpress Xcut die cutting machine
Process Notes to get you started / help you along
Beginners / Startup Print Packs of materials
Where to buy printmaking paper?
More resources, coming soon
aka the Xpress Xcut Die Cutting Machine
There are many die cutters out there, available online or from your local scrap booking or craft store.
The machine of choice for printmakers - for printing and die cutting - seems to be the Xpress Xcut.
Most of the notes below include processes that can be printed on Dorothy. (With the exception of the 2mm Acrylic Drypoint which requires an etching press.)
And no, Dorothy isn’t her real name… It’s just that Simone names ALL her presses! Dorothy is more commonly known as the Xpress die cutter, brand Xcut, model/product code [XCU268300] 317937.
Here is a picture of Dorothy, so you can be sure you buy the right one…
(What you are looking for is a die-cutter that has two metal rollers with an adjustable height - in this case, the adjustable height is via the black dial on top of the uppermost white section, when open. To the best of our knowledge, so far, Dorothy is the only die-cutter out there who does that.)
And start up packs of materials…
These processes are each distilled into double-sided A4 summaries to help you print effectively and well. They are updated regularly, as materials and suppliers change, so the latest version appears below. (They are also the notes you receive when you enrol in the workshops for beginners printmaking, drypoint, lino printing and printing without a press, so if you are regional or interstate, they may help with basic problem solving.)
Click for a free sample - Acrylic Drypoint in a Cylinder Etching (Intaglio) Press - to give you an ideas of what kinds of things the notes cover.
The remaining sets of notes can be downloaded for AUD $15 each, or the complete set for AUD $50:
Monoprinting in a Cylinder Etching Press and Dorothy-the-Die-Cutter (image c/- artist Lisa Young).
Lino Printing in a Cylinder Etching Press and Dorothy-the-Die-Cutter (image c/- artist Lisa Young).
And each of these processes can be printed in Dorothy-the-Die-Cutter as well as a regular cylinder etching (intaglio) press.
To order these notes, please email Simone.
You can also order an accompanying pack of materials to be posted out to get you started.
Acrylic Drypoint Beginners / Startup Pack (for an etching press).
Acrylic Drypoint Classroom Startup Pack (for an etching press).
To order, please email Simone.
Wth these packs coming soon…
Beginners Lino Pack (for etching presses & Dorothy-the-die-cutter).
Beginners Drypoint Pack (for etching presses & Dorothy-the-die-cutter).
Beginners Monoprinting Pack (for etching presses & Dorothy-the-die-cutter).
Beginners Drypoint & Monoprinting Pack (for etching presses & Dorothy-the-die-cutter).
Adhesive & Scratcher Foam Pack (for etching presses & Dorothy-the-die-cutter).
Where to buy printmaking paper?
Bulk specialist printmaking paper is best purchased in the twice-yearly paper sales from Melbourne Etching Supplies - the next sale is November 2019. (If you are working to a deadline, do ask about delivery times. MES paper sale deliveries are sent out on a first-in-first-served basis.)
Other shops selling western intaglio cotton rag papers or Japanese awagami-style papers in Adelaide are:
Art Stretchers at 189 Hindley St, Adelaide CBD.
Art to Art at 69 Glen Osmond Rd, Glenside & Shop T114, Harbour Town, SA.
Port Art Supplies at 83 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide, SA.
Premier Art Supplies at 75 King William St, Kent Town, Adelaide, SA.
Eckersleys at 18 King William St, Adelaide CBD.
What Print is That?
To see examples of different kinds of prints, go to the Union St Print Pinterest page or the Union St Printmakers Facebook page (click Photos, Albums and then See All). Each album features a different set of printmaking techniques that will help you to choose the process that best suits your image.
Printmaking Materials & Suppliers
Click here to download the latest info sheet on EVERYTHING, UStP style. Lists pretty much everything you may have forgotten to jot down in class, ever, including materials info and local suppliers. Updated regularly.
Presenting Prints (UStP-style)
Click here to download the latest info sheet on how UStPers present prints for exhibition, markets and sale. Includes useful links to suppliers. Updated regularly.
Print Studio Etiquette (UStP-style)
Click here to download the latest info sheet on studio/classroom etiquette, UStP style. Updated regularly.
Cleaning Up (UStP-style)
Click here to download the latest info sheet on how to clean up after printing, UStP style. Updated regularly.
Exhibiting unframed prints with magnets.
Cutting your own mounts with the Logan Team System.