Embossing – eco-friendly printmaking with Tracey Bush


Ref: SWE11995

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About this course

Create original artworks using eco-friendly processes. Embossed prints can be made from cardboard and gesso collagraph blocks, wire and found objects.

Course Description

During this course, you will learn how to create a range of embossed surfaces on heavy etching paper. All materials are non toxic and have a low environmental impact.

Your tutor has developed techniques for creating collagraph blocks for embossing using gesso, paper, and card. You will be guided through the safe use of the press and nipping press, preparing paper and how to dry the resulting prints.

Embossings can be further enhanced by the use of chine collé, and relief rolled surfaces, both of which will be demonstrated by your tutor.

Your tutor trained at the prestigious Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts where she obtained her MA (Fine Art) Printmking and where she specialised in embossing.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including the materials to make the blocks, and some papers for the final proof prints, although paper for editions will need to be purchased from the Craft Shop.

What students need to bring

  • A cutting mat, craft knife (not with snap off blades) apron, pencilcase, sketchbook, and ideas for print imagery.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Extra printing paper, boards for blocks
  • Available from tutor:
  • Paper for chine collé
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years. She has produced a series of books, which have been acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. In 2014 Tracey was commissioned to create the large scale 'Ports of the World' butterfly box, which is installed on the P&O cruise ship, Britannia.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or a Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts (10 three-day study blocks, over two years). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.

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