blue and green fish shapes

Use leftover ink for a quick mono print

Enjoy the unexpected potential of leftover ink

So, you’ve come the end of your printing session; is there still a lovely patch of leftover ink rolled out on your slab? You could just clean it off and shut up shop for the night, but if you are like me this square of colour is an invitation to play (and a way of postponing clearing up!)

rainbow rolled leftover ink on slab
leftover rainbow rolled ink

A little burst of fun at the end of a session can be a great way to unwind; you may produce some papers for chine collee or collage; generate some fresh ideas for prints, or even create a surprise new print if you are lucky!

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Cutting mat with finished print

The Story of a Print; Midwinter Solstice

“How do you turn a rough experiment into a finished print?”

Students often ask me how I arrive at a finished print and also want advice on how they can turn initial experiments into finished prints themselves.

There are probably as many stories behind finished prints as there are actual prints, and I am sure you will have stories of your own once you think about how your favourite print came into being. 

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vinyl record with print

Print a Vinyl Record

Why would you want to print a vinyl record?

Just for fun really, and because you can!

His Masters Voice label
His Masters Voice, the iconic label

Vinyl records are great ready made printing plates; thin and flat they’ll go through a printing press under pressure.

The variety of smooth and ridged areas on the surface hold ink in different ways, and you often get lettering in the mix as well.

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Tyvek printing plate from both sides

Tyvek printing plates

One of the delights of experimental printmaking is using materials that have a mind of their own. I like the feeling that I am letting it do its own thing and also at the same time guiding the process. It feels more like a collaboration and I often find my ideas are modified and altered as my understanding of the material grows. If you too enjoy this approach then you will definitely like experimenting with Tyvek printing plates.

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