How It’s Made: An Enchanted Christmas Forest

Our Lawrence Art Shop has been working on a collaborative craft project since early October to bring a Christmas forest scene to life. Our talented crew of artists made over a dozen figurines and set up a wintry street leading to a miniature model of the Lawrence Art Shop. Using commonly available materials in the household such as newspaper, cardboard and glue you can make your own paper mache models by following this simple guide.

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Screen Printing Demo ’18

We had a fabulous evening of fun last month where Lawrence staff members were given a screen printing demonstration by Vicky Ramsey printmaker. We thought we would share some photos and wisdom with those of you fascinated by this craft or looking to start out in screen printing.

Screen printing materials: Cutting Mat, Wooden Screen, Fabriano Accademia paper, Speedball Acrylic Screen Printing Inks (Medium Red, Process Blue), Artist Quality Squeegee 15cm, pencil, Craft Knife and stencil paper

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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:

Red is the new green! Here is the material used for the baize roll.1


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

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Student lino tools ready for wrapping.


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


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

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!



Making fixed etching points


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


He then hammers the point into it’s wooden holder

Tim gets to the point…


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

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


Lovely finished points