Medway Print Festival 2020

For Medway Print Festival 20, we’ve created a series of video tutorials and conversations with printmakers, to make up part of the ‘Lockdown Edition’ of this annual printmaking festival. We’ll be releasing them on our Medway Print Festival page from 6th – 21st June 2020, and hope you enjoy them! Many thanks to Medway Council’s Arts Development Team for commissioning us to make these videos.

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We’ll be sharing three video printmaking tutorials, mostly using things commonly found at home, and focusing on tweaks of techniques that usually require a press: etching, lithography and relief printing. In these tutorials Xtina Lamb has fun showing you how to use make-shift equipment, and get great results with surprising materials.

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In three ‘in conversation‘ videos, Xtina discusses techniques with printmakers who use particular methods, getting their personal takes on linocut (Nick Morley), screen printing (Rachel Moore and Francesca Baur), and mono-printing and collagraph (Kristiina Sandoe).

Please share the Medway Print Festival website and activities, and use the hashtag #mpf20lockdown. We’d love it if you could post photos of any prints that you’ve made during the festival.

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Team Building and Creative Days

We enjoy hosting bespoke sessions for groups of work colleagues planning a fun and creative day out of the office, please get in touch if you’d like to arrange a day with us. Or maybe you’re planning a celebration with friends or family and fancy doing something different for a party. We can create activities specially for your requirements – try us out with a theme and we’ll suggest a printmaking take on it. Here are a few options for activities of about two hours long to give you an idea of what we can offer.

Screen Printed Slogan T-shirts

Use vinyl stickers in combination with patterned screens to build up layered imagery that puts a message across in words and images. It could be a slogan, political protest, or any other kind of statement on a theme. Alternatively use our range of stencil screens with a wide variety of imagery to build up a design on a T-shirt. Other printed items could be cushion covers, tea towels, tote bags, or aprons*.

*T-shirts are included but an additional materials charge may apply for choice of some textile blank items, and extra items.


Working from drawings, collage, photographs or text, create stencil duplicated prints on a Risograph machine. Experiment with different artwork types to produce 10 copies of your own two-colour poster, art edition or zine. There are 8 colour drums to choose from.

Gelli Printing with Silhouettes

Use a range of textures with a rubbery monoprinting plate to build up interesting printed background textures. Design and cut a simple silhouette motif from card, ink it up as a relief plate and print it on top of the backgrounds using a book press.

Stickers and Badges

Use a low-fi method of relief printing, create your own designs and add rubber stamps or collage, then turn them into wearable art with a professional badge machine. Turn bold drawings into vinyl stickers for walls, windows, cars, laptops etc. with a digital cutter.

Printed Zines

Write and illustrate a zine – a lo-fi publication that can be on any topic. Use a simple relief printing method with ink pads to make the illustrations, and hand-letter, type or collage the text. The zine can be copied on a colour printer and given out to spread your ideas, thoughts or information.


For the two hour activities above we charge £200, for up to 12 people with materials included. If you choose to come to our studio at INTRA in Rochester, Kent for the session, the venue hire is an additional £40. Extra people can be added to the group for £12 per head, up to 16 – 20 people, depending on the activity.

Xmas Printing Frenzy

Get Christmas printed! Join us for a day of printing to make special presents, cards or wrapping paper.

Hand print a T-shirt, tea towel, bag, cards, badges or wrapping paper with a big selection of designs (Xmas themed or otherwise), or make up your own. Try your hand at screen printing, rubber stamping and Risograph printing with Xtina Lamb. Great for adults or children alike, come as a family, with a friend, or on your own.

Sunday 9th December
11am – 5pm

Prices per activity including materials:

printed badgesPrinted badges or fridge magnets – £3 per person
Using a wide selection of rubber stamps, print and draw lots of designs, then choose your favourite 3 to make up into badges or fridge magnets. If you want to make more, it’s 50p per item.

Screen printed bag, tea towel or T-shirt – £8 per person
We have over 100 designs to choose from including birds, robots, a camera, skulls, Day Of The Dead, ships, flowers, animals, mermaids, green men, the Waghorn statue and a traffic cone! Mix and match them to custom screen print a bag, tea towel or t-shirt. Or bring your own clothing item and print for £6. Extra printable extra items are £2 each.

Risograph cards or wrapping paper – £8 per person
Have a go with our stencil duplicator machine and print up 20 A6 cards, or 10 sheets of A3 wrapping paper in two colours from your own drawing or collage.

waghorn wrapping paperHand printed cards or wrapping paper – £8 per person
Choose from 10 xmas designs and screen print them onto card blanks or kraft paper, or make your own relief printing foam stamp and embellish with rubber stamps. You’ll have 10 card blanks or wrap sheets to print.

If you can’t choose and want to print everything it’s £20 for adults, £15 for children, or £28 for an adult and child together with both of you printing, and £10 for extra children.

Booking advisable.
Please call 01634 753299 or email



Whittle & Daub – Paul Jerome Exhibition

Whittle and Daub, Printmaking by Paul Jerome, hares fighting

We’re really pleased to announce that ‘Whittle & Daub’, an exhibition of prints by Paul Jerome, will be on show from Tuesday May 1st to Sunday July 1st 2018 in INTRA’s workspace and windows. There will be a private view at 18:30 on Friday 4th May, all are welcome and you’ll be able to meet Paul and talk to him about his work.

Paul has created intricate artworks on some of his favourite themes: folklore, customs, green men, hares, owls and foxes, landscapes, animals that were sent into space, and vintage cars. His work has been really popular at our regular Wayzgoose print fairs.


Paul is a regular user of the Medway Fine Printmakers studio at INTRA. He’s recently been experimenting with textile repeat patterns and heraldic imagery. He has employed many of the techniques available at our studio, including linocut, Risograph, collagraph prints and screen printing.

There will be a custom made window display, an invasion of papier mache creatures, and a beautiful leaflet to accompany the show. We’re excited to see it all springing up in the workspace, in the highly appropriate month of May and just in time for Rochester Sweeps festival.



Medway Print Festival 2017

Sample patterns over printed in various Riso colours

MFP'17 Medway Print Festival logoBack for its second year, Medway Print Festival offers a wonderful range of printmaking activities, exhibitions and events from the 10th to the 25th June. The festival is organised by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team with freelance curator and artist Matt Bray, in collaboration with arts venues and museums across Medway. There will be loads to see and do, and this year a free newspaper guide will help you to navigate it all.

MPF-cakeWe’ve lined up a Medway Fine Printmakers programme of workshops and events with some exciting new additions. Below we’ve listed all the festival activities we’re hosting at INTRA, but you can see the full programme on the Medway Print Festival website.

Festival Launch Night
Friday 9 June, 6.30-9pm, suitable for all ages, free entry.
We will be hosting this years official launch party for MPF17 and previewing our exhibition on the same evening. Join us to celebrate the start of the festival, meet local printmakers and find out more. There will be cake!

Medway Fine Printmakers Group Exhibition
Fri 9 June – Sun 30 July
Open daily – see for times
Suitable for all ages, free entry.
Exhibition of hand printed artworks by printmakers working at INTRA, representing the wide range of techniques practiced at the print studio including: etching, silkscreen, monoprinting, linocut, photopolymer plates, collagraph, heat press, foil blocking, letterpress and Risograph.

MFP-WayzgooseSummer Wayzgoose Print Fair
Sat 17 June, 10:00 – 17:00
Suitable for all ages, free entry.
Traditional printers’ fair with beautiful hand-printed wares on sale including cards, gifts, framed and unframed fine art prints starting from £10, printed textiles and a selection of printmaking equipment. Free family-friendly drop-in printmaking demonstrations will be running through the day including letterpress, Gelli and Risograph printing. The famous Wayzgoose tombola will be brimming with prizes both brilliant and bizarre, with printmaking classes for some lucky winners.


MFP-Screenprinting1Screen Printing One
Mon 12 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Learn the key silkscreen technique of creating photo stencils from your own artwork. Print onto paper with a vacuum screen bed or textiles on a fabric table. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their screen printing skills.
> Full details & booking

MFP-PhotopolymerNEW! Photopolymer Etching Taster
Wed 14 June, 12:00 – 14:00, £25
Demonstration of the photopolymer etching process with a chance to make your own test strip plate and print. A speedy introduction that works well as a basic refresher or to try out the technique for the first time.
> Book online
> Details of the full length two day course

MFP-CollagraphCollagraph Day Three with Chine Collé
Sun 18 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Not listed in the official festival programme but we’ve added this class led by Kristiina Sandoe as a follow up to her popular introductory collagraph weekend, exploring textured plates made from collaged materials. Chine collé involves gluing thin paper or tissue onto the work during the printing process. You’ll also try out combining relief and intaglio inking techniques to layer up colour.
> Full details & booking

Screen Printing Two
Mon 19 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Experiment with hand-cut stencils, practice your printing and photo stencil making technique, and learn registration methods to create multi-layered screen prints. This class follows on from Screen Printing One.
> Full details & booking

MFP-ThermofaxThermofax Screen Printing
Wed 21 June, 12:00 – 15:00, £45
Make a lightweight thermofax screen from your own artwork in this easy screen printing method. Print with water-based screen printing inks onto card or paper and take your screen and squeegee away with you to carry on printing. The screens last well, are very easy to store, and can be reused again and again to print party invites, t-shirts, birthday cards, bags, fabric, stationery and wrapping paper etc.
> Full details & booking

MFP-Risograph2NEW! Risograph Workshop
Fri 23 June, 11:00 – 13:30 or 15:00 – 17:30, £30
The Risograph machine is a stencil based duplicator that makes stencilled prints somewhere between the look of litho and screen printing – great for posters, flyers and art editions. Create an A3 artwork in two colours and take home 10 copies.
> Book online 11am session
> Book online 3pm session

MFP-Textile-repeat-patternNEW! Textile Repeat Patterns
Sat 24 & Sun 25 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £130
Silkscreen, relief and monoprinting methods are explored in this two day course experimenting with ways to design and print repeat patterns onto fabric and embellish prints with metallic or textured finishes. Bring ideas for designs of your own or draw inspiration from our library of images. You’ll learn how to prepare a design to make a repeating pattern, carve blocks, create stencils, and make imprints from found objects.
> Book online

MFP-LinocutLinocut, Sat 24 June, 10:30 – 16:30, £75
Nick Morley aka Linocutboy of Hello Print Studios in Margate leads this introductory workshop, exploring ways to get great results with this enjoyable relief printing method. With examples of linocut prints, methods to transfer your design, safe techniques for using and sharpening tools, how to ink up your carved block, choosing papers and printing, there are lots of useful tips to learn.
> Full details & booking



Risograph print with the seven colours we have as drums.

Medway Print Festival 2016

This month sees the launch of the first ever Medway Print Festival, an exciting new event featuring some of the key art institutions in the Medway area. Across two weeks, 9th to 26 June, there will be exhibitions, a print fair, courses, and printmaking activities for all ages.

WayzgooseSummer2016This year’s participating venues are:

Rochester Art Gallery
Sun Pier House
The Huguenot Museum
Brook Pumping Station
The Guildhall Museum
The Medway Archives
Hazelnut Press

At INTRA we’ll be kicking things off with a summer edition of our Wayzgoose Print Fair, complete with a fine array of hand printed artwork, textiles and gifts, letterpress demos where you can print your own souvenir, and our popular tombola where you can win a course for 20p!

Froinvisible-illness-printm Tuesday 14th we’ll be hosting a group exhibition of work created at the Medway Fine Printmakers studio, including the ‘invisible illness’ prints on textiles that Zara Carpenter has been working on recently. These only show up when a UV light is shined on them, they look incredible and were quite a challenge to print!

We’ve put together a programme of classes for the festival, including Drypoint Etching, Collagraph, Screen Printing, Linocut, Print Gocco, Bookbinding, and Gelli Monoprinting for families.

Have a look at the Medway Print Festival website for details of all the events taking place, or pick up a leaflet at one of the participating venues.


Free courses – Spring 2016

Medway-Council-LogoThanks to funding from Medway Council’s small grants programme, Medway Fine Printmakers are offering 10 free places on printmaking courses for adults and 10 for children. Those awarded free places can choose from selected classes in our schedule over the next three months March to May 2016.

Classes for adults

Screen printing with a vacuum tableTo be eligible for a free adult class, applicants must be aged 16 or over, living in Medway and must not have used our print studio previously. We particularly welcome applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, recent graduates, the unemployed, and people on a low wage.

Those awarded free places will also be entitled to two free open access sessions at our print studio in Rochester for self-guided use of our presses with support from a technician.

The courses available as part of this scheme are:
Screen Printing OneLinocutThermofaxDrypoint Etching and Gelli Plate Monoprinting.

To apply please email us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Age group (16-25 / 26-35 / 36-45 / 46-55 / 56-65 / 66+)
  • Gender
  • Postal area that you live in (e.g. ME1)
  • Employment status
  • Ethnicity
  • Courses you are most interested in
    (please check the scheduled dates in the right hand panel)
  • How did you hear about the free courses?
  • Short statement telling us why you would like to attend one of the free printmaking classes (100 words max)

The cut-off for applications is Thursday March 31st 2016 (5pm), but it is advisable to submit applications as soon as possible as free places will be awarded throughout March.

Classes for young people

Thermofax screen printingApplications are invited from young people aged 10 – 15 years old, living in Medway, in school or home education, who have not used our print studio previously.

We are offering a free half-day class to 10 applicants, for the development of artistic skills, with detailed technical instruction in printmaking techniques. Participants may wish to work on a project for their portfolio, course work or a scholarship application, or just to try out working with a printmaking technique that is new to them.

The classes available are gelli plate monoprinting, and thermofax / screen printing, and they will be taking place over the spring break. Our page on printmaking classes for young people gives an outline of the courses on offer. Please check if you are available for the scheduled dates before applying.

To apply parents or guardians please email us with the following information:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Postal area (e.g. ME1)
  • Ethnicity
  • Course most interested in
  • How did you hear about the free courses?
  • Short statement telling us how your child would benefit from attending one of the free printmaking classes (100 words max)

The deadline for applications is Friday March 11th 2016 (5pm), and notifications on these places will be sent on Tuesday March 15th.

Access and personal data

We welcome people with long term health conditions, learning difficulties or specific physical requirements and would appreciate you sharing details of these with us if relevant, so that we can offer appropriate support and access to our courses.

All personal and equality data that you provide will only be used by Medway Fine Printmakers for statistical purposes. No identifiable personal data will be shared with any other organisation.

In order for the classes to run, a minimum number of participants will need to be booked onto them. Classes not meeting the minimum numbers will be rescheduled.

Wayzgoose Print Fair 2015

Wayzgoose Print Fair 28 november 2015, 10am - 5pmIt’s Wayzgoose time again! We enjoyed our Christmas print fair so much last year that we’re doing it again on Saturday November 28th at INTRA, 10am till 5pm.

Joint hosted by the Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press we’ll have stalls brimming with beautiful wares hand-printed in Medway, including cards, gifts, framed and unframed fine art prints from £10 and printed textiles such as bags, cushions and clothing. Throughout the day we’ll be running demonstrations of printmaking methods such as letterpress, etching, Gelli printing and Print Gocco.

The much enjoyed tombola will return, and in keeping with tradition prizes will be a mixture of  bonkers and lovely, with a choice of printmaking courses for some lucky winners, tins of mysterious food for others.

ian-tombolaCome and chat with the artists about their work and see the range of printmaking techniques they use in our print studios.

A ‘Wayzgoose‘ is a traditional printers’ fair, a chance to swap and sell small amounts of equipment, type, and tools alongside printed artworks.

Money raised from the fair will go towards running the Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press print studios.

Find us at INTRA, 337-341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA (directions here).




Gelli prints – monoprinting with a jelly plate

arranging grasses on an inked up gelatine plate

Dianne Reeves arranging grasses on an inked up gelatine plateLast year during Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival​ we ran a jelly printing workshop at INTRA with Dianne Reeves using monoprinting plates made from gelatine. It was loads of fun and we made some beautiful prints. The plates worked brilliantly and had some wonderful qualities that are difficult to achieve with regular monoprinting and hard plates. You can press objects into the jelly and print the impression that they leave behind. But in the summer heat the plates kind of melted after a while and they had to be stored in the fridge beforehand and thrown away afterwards, which is all a bit of a faff, so now we’re looking at alternatives to get the best of this process with less hassle.

Gelli Arts plateThere are two reusable options that don’t have to be refrigerated: homemade gelatine plates mixed with glycerine, and an American product called Gelli Arts Printing Plate made of mineral oil that is very durable. It’s nice to have an option that doesn’t use animal products. We’re going to be selling the Gelli Arts plates this year and will be running workshops with them, as well as trying out the homemade version. There will be some available at the print studio for use during open access sessions too.

Gelli print made using a fernThis is pretty exciting as the effects you can get span everything from bright and bold to incredibly delicate and detailed. There are quite a lot of people printing with gelli plates and a popular style has developed to layer up patterns and shapes to create very pretty papers that can be used as backgrounds or for decorative use as book coverings etc. We’re hoping to use them as a fine art tool and experiment with many different techniques to open up new possibilities for our printmaking. They can be combined with other kinds of monoprinting or stencil techniques to very strong effect.

Here are some pics of last year’s jelly printing, please let us know if this is something you’d be interested in.

UPDATE: Our Gelli printing class is now listed – first class July 18th 2015.

gelli prints leaves

gelli workshop Dianne Reeves

gelli print lace lucky clovers - by Xtina Lamb

Gelli print by Xtina Lamb

Prints by Xtina Lamb made at Medway Fine Printmakers using a jelly plate. Textured items such as lace, embroidered handkerchiefs and clover were pressed into the plate, a paper stencil was used with the plate for the shoe detail and a thermofax print added for the sixpences.

Gift Vouchers

MFP Gift VoucherGift vouchers make a lovely present when you would like to pay for someone to go on a course, but aren’t sure which one to choose.

Our vouchers are screen printed, with a design featuring the zigzags found on the front of the INTRA building. If you need your voucher in a hurry, we can send you a digital image of it to print out.

You can buy them for any amount, and they can be spent on:

  • Courses at Medway Fine Printmakers
  • Open access sessions
  • Materials such as paper and ink
  • Items in the on-site Printed Wonders shop, including printed artworks, textiles, stationery, cards and gifts.

Below are some popular voucher values, with examples of what they can be spent on and links to buy them online. 70p is added for postage.

If you would like a voucher for any other amount – please contact us.

Vouchers are valid for one year from the end of the month that they are purchased in. They cannot be exchanged for cash, but if only part of the voucher is spent, the rest of the voucher can be held in credit for use by the recipient any time before it expires.

Vouchers covering all or part of 2020 are valid for an extra 12 months due to Covid-19 restrictions. Similar arrangements will be made for any further disruption affecting the use of vouchers.