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Fabric Printing Two Day Introduction

Fabric Printing Two Day Introduction

Starts Thursday 19 October 2017

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 10:00 am. The course will finish both days between 15:30 and 16:00 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 19 October & Friday 20 October 2017

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).

Struggling to think of design ideas? Have a look at our Developing Themes for Printing course.



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 New City Girls W.I.

"Many thanks for an most enjoyable workshop today. It has opened up many more creative and exciting possibilities for me to use in my work."

Angella H

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