Hot Bed Press
Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio | The Casket Works, Cow Lane, Salford. M5 4NB | Tel: 0161 743 3111 | Email: info@hotbedpress.org

Our Autumn Winter Courses are now available for booking. We have introduced some exciting new additions as well as having some of our core popular courses available too.

These are likely to book up quickly so if you have checked your dates and have a course in mind that you have been waiting for, the best way of making a booking is to ring up Hot Bed Press and pay over the phone on 0161 743 3111.

We hope you like what we have on offer !

Current Course List

Introduction to Print            (evening course)

Evening Course
Starting: 2022-09-21 18:00:00
Ending: 2022-10-26 21:00:00

From: 2022-09-21 18:00:00 to 2022-10-26 21:00:00

Get a taste for printmaking over 6 evenings. You will be shown monoprinting, drypoint, collagraphs, carborundum printing and relief printing. Each week will lead on from the last, focusing on the drawn line & markmaking, through to the use of tone, colour and shape. You will get to use different presses and equipment and learn to be expressive and confident in your work. You will come out with a mini-portfolio of prints alongside knowledge to continue your journey as a printmaker.                                                    Read more...

Cost: £170.00 / £150.00 members

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Chapbooks; Celebrating National Poetry Day  

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-01 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-02 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-01 10:30:00 to 2022-10-02 16:30:00

Spend a weekend exploring the realm of letterpress printing, using traditional techniques to create a simple poetry chapbook to mark National Poetry Day on 6th October. You will learn to set metal type, lock up a forme, and print using our table-top Adana presses. We will then bind the chapbooks using a 3-hole pamphlet stitch. The course is suitable for both beginners and those with a little experience and will give you the basic skills necessary to continue printing solo. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Copper Sulphate Etching      (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-01 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-02 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-01 10:30:00 to 2022-10-02 16:30:00

Copper sulphate is quick and effective on aluminium and unlike nitric acid there is no need for an extraction cabinet. It is suitable for etching safely at home. You will be instructed on how to mix your own copper sulphate recipe and experiment with different ways of mark-making using hard and soft ground as well as various resists. For seasoned etchers it could transform your practice. For those new to etching it will open a world of possibilities.   Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Introduction to Screenprint #2                   (weekend course)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-01 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-02 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-01 10:30:00 to 2022-10-02 16:30:00

Over a weekend learn to screenprint in quick easy steps. From mixing your water-based inks and printing using simple paper stencils you will go on to layer and build up colours. On day 2 Mandy will show you how to coat and expose a photographic image onto screen and then to register and print your final key colour bringing the image together. You will come away with a small edition of screenprints and can go on to print further designs and editions. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Photopolymer Printing         (weekend course)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-15 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-16 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-15 10:30:00 to 2022-10-16 16:30:00

Discover the subtle tonal qualities and fine detail available through photopolymer plates using photographic imagery and hand drawn originals. You will learn how to make test strips and achieve perfect exposure of the plate to get great depth and tonal range from your original imagery. The plate is ‘developed’ in tap water. No need for acid or caustic solution. Go on to ink and print in different ways achieving perfect printing. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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The Art of Lino Print             (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-15 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-16 16:53:00

From: 2022-10-15 10:30:00 to 2022-10-16 16:53:00

Back by popular demand, Sarah will show you how to design and cut your block precisely. You will learn how to ink your lino consistently and print your block with barens, allowing you to print at home and develop your practice. You will come away with a handful of prints and your own cut lino block to carry on editioning at home, plus of course inspiration and a new found knowledge and love of lino printing. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Gum Arabic Transfer            (one-day Sunday workshop)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-23 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-23 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-23 10:30:00 to 2022-10-23 16:30:00

Turn simple photocopies into printing plates. By saturating the photocopy with just the right amount of gum arabic solution, you can create a ‘plate’ in a similar way to lithography. Rolling over the photocopy with ink the black areas of photocopy will attract and hold the ink and the more oily plain paper areas will resist the ink, remaining clear. You can work with photographs and/or hand drawn imagery. Jeni will show you overprinting and layering to add more depth and colours. Results are delicate, tonal and quite unique. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Mokuhanga Japanese Woodcut (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-29 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-30 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-29 10:30:00 to 2022-10-30 16:30:00

Mokuhanga, or Japanese woodblock printing uses water-based inks with no need for a press, which makes it a versatile, accessible and non-toxic method of printmaking. Made famous by artists such as Hokusai and the ‘Great Wave’, the technique dates back hundreds of years, and is still used by contemporary artists all over the world today. On this hands-on weekend course you will be guided through designing and colour-separating an image by thinking in layers, transferring your image onto the block, carving your design using specialist tools, and printing your image by hand with watercolour paints, to create a small edition of A5 prints to take home. There will also be the opportunity to experiment with using creative inking techniques such as 'bokashi' to achieve gradients and multi-coloured prints. The aim of the course is to give learners an idea of the possibilities of Mokuhanga. It would suit beginners or those who are looking for a refresher, but please be aware that carving does require a reasonable amount of dexterity. Read more...

Cost: £150.00 / £130.00 members

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Screenprinting with Natural Dyes   (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-10-29 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-10-30 16:30:00

From: 2022-10-29 10:30:00 to 2022-10-30 16:30:00

An introduction to using natural dyes and plant-based pigments in your work. After learning how to mix ink from plant materials and natural dye extracts, you’ll spend the day screenprinting onto paper with these beautiful and natural colours, You’ll also make your own non-toxic and plastic-free screenprinting medium, learn how to alter colours using modifiers and how to use mordants. This course is suitable for those with a basic level understanding of screenprint who want to challenge and change their practice. Read more...

Cost: £150.00 / £130.00 members

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Screenprint – Level 2            (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-11-05 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-11-06 16:30:00

From: 2022-11-05 10:30:00 to 2022-11-06 16:30:00

A two-day workshop dedicated to screen printers who know the basics and want to learn further skills and some new tricks. Making more sophisticated stencils, you'll be shown how to use Frisk film in your work and how to execute the Reduction process using screen-filler to make layered artworks from only one screen. Concentrating on registration and building up colours you'll also have one-to-one help with problem solving and fine tuning your printing methods from our tutor Mandy Tolley. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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The Art of Etching                 (6 evenings)

Evening Course
Starting: 2022-11-09 18:00:00
Ending: 2022-12-14 21:00:00

From: 2022-11-09 18:00:00 to 2022-12-14 21:00:00

The Art of Etching will take you through applying wax grounds to a zinc plate, drawing and etching different strength lines, and printing your first ‘state proof’. You will be guided through different methods of adding tone through the use of creative inking techniques, soft ground ‘backgrounds’, or resin aquatint. You will go on to work directly with painterly brushstrokes with sugar-lift, and experiment with different resists to give you a full vocabulary of mark-making and tonal qualities. You can work on multiple plates and overprint 2 plates at once, or work in a mini-series of plates/etchings. You will also be shown colour roll-overs and a-la-poupe inking for the multi-coloured approach. Suitable for beginners or just those wanting a refresh. Read more...

Cost: £170.00 / £150.00 members

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Painterly Mono-Screenprinting        (One-day Sunday workshop)

One Day Course
Starting: 2022-11-13 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-11-13 16:30:00

From: 2022-11-13 10:30:00 to 2022-11-13 16:30:00

Take the direct painterly approach to screenprinting. Over this one-day course you will be shown a few approaches to creating your images from watercolour effects to full intensity colour. You will learn how to paint directly onto the screen, to flood the screen and pull a unique print. You can go on to overprint and layer up your prints or you can repeat the process to create a set of similar painterly images, or simply experiment and find your own way of working. Read more...

Cost: £70.00 / £60.00 members

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Introduction to Letterpress; Wood Type & Business cards           (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-11-19 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-11-20 16:30:00

From: 2022-11-19 10:30:00 to 2022-11-20 16:30:00

Spend a weekend exploring the realm of letterpress printing, using traditional techniques to produce a small set of business cards in two colours. You will learn to set both metal and wood type, lock up a forme, and print using our table-top Adana presses, proofing presses, and traditional iron hand presses. The course is suitable for beginners and will give you the basic skills necessary to continue printing solo. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Screenprint Your Own Festive Cards & Wrapping Paper              (weekend)

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-11-19 10:30:00
Ending: 2022-11-20 16:30:00

From: 2022-11-19 10:30:00 to 2022-11-20 16:30:00

Celebrate the festive season by creating your own hand-printed cards and gift wrap. Learn how to coat and expose your very own designs onto screens and spend two days creating a selection of printed goods. You will learn how to mix colours, pull a perfect print, and produce a set of 25 cards in 2 colours. On day 2 there will be a selection of pre-made imagery available to create your own bespoke hand-printed gift wrap in a repeat pattern! This course would suit someone who has always wanted to have a go at screen printing or for those experienced printers who may want to introduce a commercial element to their work; all in time for Christmas! Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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