Positive/Negative

by Helen Hooker June. 26, 2013 5348 views

I thought it was time today to finally share with you all the print I made at West Dean College's Fusion [westdean.org.uk]event on Saturday. I created the print from a polystyrene pizza base of all things, although this sort of printing is more commonly done with sheets of linolium [en.wikipedia.org]. The polystyrene is really easy to work with - great for beginners. I used a sharp knife to cut out the leaf and the shape of the central vein, followed by a pencil to gently draw the smaller veins on before pressing harder with the same pencil to create stronger indentations in the surface of the pizza base. One of the volunteers helped me to ink it up and I chose this lovely ethnic looking paper to print it onto. The actual printing process is refreshingly simple - you lay the inked pattern onto the paper, cover it in newspaper to soak up any excess paint, cover that with a sturdy metal sheet and then use your feet to trample all over it to get an even print! If you like this sort of artwork it's worth taking a look at the prints of Jane Stobart, the lady who was running the workshop session. You can see some of her work here [axisweb.org].

The finished print. Not quite perfect but it has a certain quirkiness!

Who knew polystyrene pizza bases could be used for such artistic purposes?!

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Marsha 6 years, 9 months ago

Sounds and looks like a very interesting process!

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Josy 6 years, 9 months ago

It is an original method and the final is perfect ! Bravo Helen

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Holly Crocker 6 years, 9 months ago

Great artwork. :)

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Glo B 6 years, 9 months ago

I really like the deeper colours in the first photo....pretty neat!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 9 months ago

lovely

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 9 months ago

Very attractive work and colour combination.

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Ann Garratty 6 years, 9 months ago

Very nice they are too! Love the colours, they are definitely my favourites, I may have to have a go at this, it looks fun!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 6 years, 9 months ago

Great work Helen. Thanks for sharing these.

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