"Environmount" which is a kind of matt board that I found out about whilst browsing the web for something else. There was/is a link though to someone by the name of " Julie Hoyle" I knew back in 1999 at the London College of Printing at the Elephant and Castle.
LEFT: Lost in Space, solar plate+ collagraph + chine colle
At that time you could enrol to do an "Experimental Printmaking" course which took place weekly on a Thursday or Friday. I can't remember which day or even if it was both days. The cost was very reasonable and as a new masters graduate(2nd Masters degree) printmaker - it was in essence, a means of having access to a print workshop. Having said that there were mostly great people there and the staff were supportive and it was fun on the whole.
Note I don't think there is such a liberal amount of opportunities there nowadays as was the case back then. The City Lit and Morley Collage used to be good for part time courses. I just mention this in case anyone, London based , reading this, is interested.
I came across the information concerning the use of this material on someones website. She had been on a 3 day course which I thought she had undertaken at Ochre Print Studio in the south of England. Julie Hoyle is the person who founded this print workshop - way to go Julie - well done you !!! and yeah .... and You know what?..... it really does seem like a GOOD print workshop with plenty of interesting courses.
I have to admit that I later realised that she had done the course at Leicester Print Workshop.
I get the impression from previous website visits......and from being selected a few times to be in their miniprint travelling exhibitions....that this is a really good print workshop.
If I wasn't disabled/decrepit like I am ...I'd consider hopping on a train and going down to do a course. To me spending money on doing courses in your 'specialist' area - is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
I will definitely do posts on here once I get my order delivered and try it out. What I also like about environment is that as well as being able to get excellent results in intaglio - you can also get lovely tonal effects when rolling it as a relief print.
LEFT :proof of a print that is a work in progress. approx A3 in size. collagraph and drypoint
WATCH THIS SPACE
The special thing with this mount board is that it has several layers and enables a lot of scope with tone and mark making.
I will post outcomes once I get going with it.
ABOVE "Individual Spirit" 2 plate collagraph and chine colle `+ copper etch plates 30 x 30 cm
12 X 12 inch