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Fabric Printing Two Day Introduction

Fabric Printing Two Day Introduction

Starts Thursday 6 July

A fun, relaxed two day course where you will learn the basics of designing and printing onto fabric.

On Day One we explore relief printmaking, beginning with organic shapes and developing simple prints and designs. By the end of the day you will know how to get set up at home, have tried out several different brands of ink and explored printing complementary designs and patterns onto fabric with both temporary and permanent relief stamps.

On Day Two, we look at stencil screen printing, working on both a small and a large scale. There will be opportunities to experiment with repeat pattern and thermofax printing. By the end of the day you will have a good understanding of the process of screen printing and you will know how to register a two-colour design.

Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on experimentation so that you can develop your techniques and learn a multitude of skills to continue your printmaking at home.

 You will leave with… fabric printed with samples of your designs and your relief stamps that can be used in future projects at home. At the end of the course you will be emailed an in-depth course manual with details of each techniques covered and a list of supplies and equipment.

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is aimed at dabblers and creative, curious people who would like to experiment with printmaking onto fabric and those who would like to continue printing at home.

Beginners to printmaking are welcome, and you will learn the basic skills required to print your own designs.
Those with a little prior experience, or designers, artists and creatives, will be able to explore transferring these skills to fabric.
We begin each session with a demonstration of the skills we will be covering so no previous experience is necessary.

All printmaking tools and equipment will be provided for each session. You are advised to bring along a sketchbook and basic drawing materials and any design ideas or reference materials you have in mind.

You will be provided with a starter pack of plain white cotton and a cotton tote bag to print on. However, we recommend that you bring along your own selection of fabrics to fully explore each technique, for instance cotton or linen in different colours, lighter shades will be most effective. Different fabrics will result in a slightly different print. We will mostly be working on a small scale, so smaller offcuts of fabric may be useful too.

  Important details
Group size is limited to 6 people to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This course runs over two days, Thursday and Friday, starting at 09:30 am. The course will finish both days between 15:00 and 15:30 depending on the speed at which you work and the complexities of your designs. Please arrive five minutes early for the first class for introductions.

Thursday 5 July & Friday 6 July 2018

Tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake is included each day. Please bring along your own packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away).



Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

My interest in art has taken me all around the world, working in the Australian outback, London’s Mayfair and now back home in Essex. I studied printmaking at the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute and really enjoy helping people discover how easy it is to create their own designs using simple printing processes.  I opened Slamseys Art so that everyone can have a go at learning new creative skills.

Find out more about my printmaking and view student work on Instagram.

Tutor Reviews

"We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!"

Chelmsford City W.I.

I go on courses when other people go on holiday and as it happened 2 booked courses had been cancelled. It was at this stage I discovered Slamsey’s printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head, booking 4 courses in the Autumn 2017 programme. I started to panic: What if I didn’t the first one and had paid the fees for 3 more? Would the content overlap too much that I wouldn’t  learn much and get bored? What is I didn’t like the tutor?

It has been a total success! These courses are equal in standard to the mosaic courses run the artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, another professional artist, and previously the best I have attended. 

Ruth Wheaton is a very experience tutor class and gently moves students on so that the all the activities are completed and yet there is flexibility. The equipment and block printing ink are freely available when you need them and there are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the print-making process.

The description on the website is full and very accurate and if you explore the super website you will see the standard of work which is possible achievable to.

Each course covered a different area. To me learning how to build up a design and use the colour wheel to make all the colours needed from red, blue and yellow ink has been really useful. I believe I have a acquired very thorough grounding and with practice at home, and likely achieve very satisfying results.

The details list the kind of people who will enjoy the courses. I would say that with Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, providing you consider yourself  ‘crafty’ you will get a great deal out of them. You need no more knowledge than having done potato printing and having enjoyed the process. You will meet a whole variety of people. I call myself a mosaic artist, but not having done any printing in a degree module for nearly 20 years because of a depressive illness resulting in complete loss of confidence.

Everything associated with Slamsey’s is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed. …. and there is plenty of parking!  

What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!

Cathy T

The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.

Karen B

The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!

Connie C

I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too! 

Sam D