Excellent low-cost minimal set-up for relief printing: Linocult | how i make a print.
Check out that link. My at-home studio set up is nowhere near as orderly as what Linocult shows there, but their set-up is definitely sensible and low-cost. I have yet to discover an affective, inexpensive set-up for intaglio printing… you just need a monster press for that.
They also made this great video that shows you how to make a crappy Speedball Printmasters Press ($300-$400) pull prints like a much more expensive press. The prep for it might seem a bit daunting upon first view, but trust me – it’s very, very worth it, and you only have to figure it all out once. Cheap presses just don’t work well without modification. It’s easier to accomplish effective modifications for relief printing; intaglio requires so much more pressure. I still can’t get my little press to do what I want with intaglio, and I have a no-bullshit steel press bed.
Anyway, watch and enjoy:
I hope you feel inspired. Happy new year, everyone! Best wishes for a rich year full of creativity and challenges that help you grow and realize your potential. I know that’s what I’m aiming for myself.
Now, to get over this horrible cough I picked up… hot toddies for me, please!