Category Archives: Aluminium

Aluminium is soft and smooth, and easy to get hold of. These properties make it perfect for a range of plate making techniques.

Aluminium tape plate by Kate Tidmarsh

“Aluminium Tape” prints from readers, inspired by posts on the Curious printmaker blog

An important reason for writing this blog is to encourage people to have a go and experiment with printmaking, so it is great when readers get back to me with information about what they have done as a result of seeing a particular post.

I was delighted to receive an email from Angela Harpham with examples of plates made by the Joint Practice Group, as Sinclair Ashman and Kate Tidmarsh had already posted about their aluminium tape plates on Instagram (see below), and Handprinted had added the technique to their website, I realised there were quite a few people playing around with this technique in the seclusion of their own studios. It seemed like a good idea to bring it all together…

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kitchen foil plate with prints

Kitchen foil printing plates

My previous posts about making plates with aluminium tape were very popular, and quite a few people have been experimenting with this technique as well as using it in community workshops.

One of these experimenters is Kate, who thoroughly tests all my instructions to destruction, (thanks Kate). She has devised another clever aluminium foil technique that I want to share with you.

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embossed printing plate made from wire mesh

Embossed Aluminium Printing Plates

Aluminium tape is such a wonderfully versatile material for printing plates. The previous post described making plates with raised textures by encapsulating things underneath the tape. This one explains how to make embossed plates by pressing textures into the tape.

Embossed plate made with wire mesh

Embossed plate made with wire mesh

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Ginkgo sequence

Printing Plates from Aluminium Tape

When I first discovered aluminium tape I thought it would be useful, I soon realised that it is indispensable!

This post is for all tape fanatics  – if you haven’t used aluminium tape yet, you are in for a treat.

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