Why would you want to print a vinyl record?
Just for fun really, and because you can!
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.
“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 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.
I’m certain that moving around encourages creative brain waves, so walking and printing is a winning combination. This is especially true if you can do it in a nice place with good company.
Here is a thoroughly enjoyable activity, where you will surprise yourself by making dry-point plates ‘freestyle’. This approach removes some
Do you sometimes find it hard to get motivated to do creative work?
Try one minute drawings!
Here is a very simple and (I find) extremely effective activity you can use to unlock your creativity.
I have used it