Printmaking for Beginners: Milk Carton Printing with Emilie

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If you visit galleries in Australia and around the world, you will often see prints made by artists using engraved copper or zinc plates.  

You can do this at home but with an easy hack – using milk cartons or juice boxes!

In this workshop you will learn how to design an image for printmaking, engrave your milk box plate, ink it, and then make your own limited edition of prints.

What we will cover?

In this hands on workshop we will:

  • Explore the basics of etching printmaking technique using a milk or juice box
  • How to design and compose your image
  • Demonstrate a couple of engraving techniques
  • How to ink and print with everyday materials you have at home

What will I need?

All materials included in ticket price. Just come and have a fun time!

  • If you have an empty and clean UHT/nut milk carton or juice box feel free to bring it as an extra printing plate
  • If you have an old or expired plastic card, such as an expired Myki, it can be used to ink the printing plate and saved for at home use.


  • Closed Captions
  • Early Bird Cheap Tix
  • Free Tix for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreter Upon Request 

Who will be teaching? 

Emilie (she/her) is a Melbourne based artist and maker, currently finishing her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts. 

She moved from France and 2014 and has been developing her art practice since, working with a range of media, from video to printmaking and 3D printing. 

Emilie is also a comic book artist. Her illustration has been published by The Lifted Brow, and she self-published her first graphic novel in 2018 with Tree Paper Comics in Melbourne.

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Photo: Artist’s own work

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