Salthouse and a Printmaking Weekend

Salthouse Cottage 

A forty minute drive along the coast road brought us to Salthouse, a tiny Norfolk village with a big annual Art Exhibition held in it’s beautiful flint church which stands on a mound above the village, over looking the sea.  We were lucky enough to book onto one of the art event courses which run alongside the Exhibition, two days of Experimental Print making. 


There were ten of us and, as is usual with these things, all female. It’s really strange, print making is hardly a girly thing!  The main skill we were being taught was Collagraphy, a relatively new form of print making which is much more user friendly than etching etc which requires noxious acids and other things with Health and Safety issues.  You’re pretty safe with PVA glue! The basic plate is a collage of different papers, textures and textiles, glued down firmly on to heavy board and varnished to create a plate which can be inked and run through a printing press, with amazing results if you are an expert like Laurie Rudling.

Laurie's printing plate

Laurie's print

 By the end of the weekend I felt I had learnt an enormous amount but was pretty underwhelmed with what I’d actually produced, especially as some of the other students had produced amazing stuff worthy of framing and putting in a gallery. I was green with envy! Laurie, bless him,  had  positive things to say to everyone at the final ‘Show and Tell’, even me.  I felt so much better after he’d referred to my effort as ‘reminiscent of a piece of Roman Wall’, so I might not hide it under the bed after all! 

Roman Wall

 Having revealed my print, I must now show how high the standard of the rest of the group actually was, despite my embarrassment!  Considering many in the group had no experience in printing it’s great when a good tutor like Laurie Rudling is able to draw out people’s hidden talents.  I’ve taken note of the fact that Laurie has a course coming up at Broadland Art Centre at the end of September which could well be just what I need!

 Having fitted in a look round the Exhibition we wandered down to the little stream which runs alongside the road through the village. There we admired the cows and the view and enjoyed the icecream cornet and flake with which we rewarded ouselves after all the hard work of the weekend.


Salthouse Cows


4 Responses

  1. Hi Penny!

    What beautiful photographs! I love printmaking! I look forward to seeing more…

  2. It’s really nice to be able to keep up with your doings in this way. It’s like Homes & Antiques on-line.

    You might find this blog of interest, by the way:


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