NEW – Japanese Vinyl Now In Stock

If you are looking for a smoother alternative to lino or softcut printing blocks, you have come to the right place. We at Lawrence’s are now stocking Japanese Vinyl in a variety of sizes¬†for all your printmaking needs. Watch¬†printmaker Hannah Forward try out this new material, sharing her art-in-progress and her observations on the Japanese Vinyl.

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Baize roll tool kits

Take a look at how our tool kits are made:

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Tim uses a template to punch the holes out that hold the tools.

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Student lino tools ready for wrapping.

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Kit includes G3, G5, G9 gouges and V4 and V6 V-tools. Great as a present for someone who is getting about their lino printing.

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Metal plate cutting

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So, here’s our metal cutting machine, we name him ‘Edward’

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Tim adjusts rollers behind the machine to get the right size cut in mm _G104799

Edward is turned on and has two modes- a continuous cut or single- he’s very clever! This means Tim can work quickly to produce plates of the same size. _G104814

The cutter is operated by a foot pedal which Tim controls as he pushes the copper into the machine. It makes lots of loud noises!

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Making fixed etching points

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Tim cuts the metal dowling down to the right size to fit the etching points

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He then hammers the point into it’s wooden holder

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Tim gets to the point…

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They are then sharpened into shape using our sharpening machine “Howard” (friends with Edward the metal cutter).

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The aim of this process is to get a nice “pointy” shape that can be used to etch into the plate.

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Lovely finished points