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].
by Helen Hooker June. 26, 2013 5418 views