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Time for Tea

October 29, 2014

I’ve been always fascinated by printmaking, I guess just because it’s not as straightforward as painting. You have to spend quite a lot of time cutting out a drawing in a wood block or a piece of  linoleum, but you can’t be sure what it will come out as. I also like that once you have a matrix, you can produce multiple impressions. Sadly printmaking usually involves using a press, not to mention the other special materials and tools that you might need.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might remember a brilliant technique I came across almost a year ago – making prints using polystyrene packaging material.

I’ve been saving polystyrene boxes for the last few months (putting them into a small pile that littered the kitchen and annoyed the other family members) and finally found the time to have another go at printmaking (the simplest of its forms).

print1

The 1st attempts (not enough paint)

If you’d like to try this out, you will need: some polystyrene packaging material, a pencil or a pen, a print maker’s roller and some acrylic paint.

By the way last year I didn’t have a print maker’s roller and ended up using a roller for cleaning clothes (it’s very important to count on your creativity!). This year I was well equipped – thanks to a German crafts shop.

print2

The so called “matrix”

Anyway, the process – you have to draw something on your polystyrene plate, then using a roller cover it in paint and press it onto a piece of paper. Can’t be easier!

Voilà.

print3

Time for Tea, 2014 (paper size A5)

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Did you know that…

Each print produced is not considered a “copy” but rather is considered an “original”. This is because typically each print varies to an extent due to variables intrinsic to the printmaking process, and also because the imagery of a print is typically not simply a reproduction of another work but rather is often a unique image designed from the start to be expressed in a particular printmaking technique. (Wikipedia)

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  1. October 30, 2014 10:19 am

    I remember having to cut a linoleum print and realizing just how difficult it was, all the planning then the cutting then accepting the result. And everything is backwards. Good job and good tip about the styrene trays. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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