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« on: January 31, 2012 04:44:55 AM »

You may have read from my other post that I recently went to Cornwall and did a printmaking course Grin. It focused on tecniques that could be replicated easily at home, and it was there I discovered the wonderful product that is polystyrene boards. These boards allow you to make multiple print runs in a similar fashion to etching but, due to the fragile nature of the material, it does not allow for large print runs. However, you don't need a press so can do this very easily at home with minimal mess and hand-burnishing. Grin

We had a lot of fun experimenting with this, and one of our tasks was to print from still life. Any one who has used polystyrene for printing knows that once you make a mark, that's it, so printing from still life is not a particularly easy task. Anyway, no pain no gain, so here is what I came up with. Its a little smaller than A4 but larger than A5. We were printing on coloured A4 sheets of paper. These are my two favourites:


The yellow one is missing a red colour phase, that you can see on the black. I did 4 colour phases in total (cream, green, red and purple), with the last phase being a cut out (so no prints from that block).



This is the block before the last phase, essentially I just kept drawing over the same lines (we used pen or pencils to make marks) and adding a few tweaks.


Its a very quick, and satisfying way of producing prints and I like that they are quite graphic, rather than my usual more painterly prints.

Comments and criticisms are most welcome and appreciated. I would love to see how other crafty peeps are using this polystyrene for printmaking. Cheesy

Happy Crafting!
 Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012 05:38:53 AM »

Ooh, minimal tools and new things to try. And the results are beautiful (although I think that is more to do with your art ability than the material).
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012 10:37:21 AM »

who knew you could make such proffesional looking prints from polystrene! nice job!

Where in cornwall did you go? I used to live in Falmouth  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012 01:28:52 PM »

Beautiful!
I can see that you really thought carefully about how each new layer would build upon the previous.
The composition is quite pleasing and I'm impressed you got such a clean drawing with a medium that is so unforgiving when it comes to your initial drawing.
I love that you gave the plants some extra dimensionality with the 2 different tones.

I have to admit I stared at it for a good while before I figured which order you printed the colours in.  Cheesy

I wish I had some of these trays laying around at home right now!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012 01:34:04 PM »

Thank you Antidigger and kawaiihelen. I did the course at the St Ives School of painting...two days printmaking and 3 days sketching tin mines...bliss! Grin

Cheers so much elxyandra, its great fun so I hope you find a few trays to use soon... maybe you can pester the local supermarket/greengrocers to see if you can "recycle" theirs!  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012 04:05:51 PM »

oh how awesome st ives is beautiful - although the seagull population can be intimidating eh Wink
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2012 07:11:24 AM »

Love them.  I once did invites to our May Fest (wine and cheese, our yard :-) that had a similar flavor, I love the bold papers, it makes for a nice contrast. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2012 02:23:13 AM »

Thanks SunnyDawn, much appreciated.

I know, kawaiihelen, those seagulls are a foreword bunch...trying to steal my pasty
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