Category Archives: Printmaking inspiration

Posts about finding ways to keep inspired and keep focussed.

Sometimes printmaking inspiration seems to evaporate like mist, and you become distracted by humdrum jobs and commitments. At other times you have so many ideas you almost can’t think straight.

No printmaking inspiration

If you feel stuck and lacking in inspiration there are posts here to help you get going. You will find ways to develop productive habits, and create space to allow your ideas to flow again.

Too much printmaking inspiration

Do you have so many ideas that they overwhelm you? Like a rabbit in the headlights you don’t know which way to turn and feel paralysed by choice.

Don’t stop having ideas – you just need a bit of help to focus and manage your inspiration!

 

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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Circular print with a base

Different shaped printing plates

“How does the shape of your printing plate affect the design?”
“How can your design affect the shape of the printing plate? “

These are the questions students took as a starting point on a recent course in my studio.

can you print from bubble wrap?
can you print from bubblewrap?

So often we start with a rectangular printing plate. Manufacturing processes, commercial cutting machines, and a general sense that ‘that’s the way it’s done’ all help to perpetuate the rectangular shaped printing plate as a starting point.

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