“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
I have collected these examples of artists’ prints with chine collee to illustrate some of the many ways you can use this versatile technique, and inspire you to try it in your own prints.
The artists here work with a variety of print techniques, these examples include mono print, etching, lino print, wood cut, carborundum and collagraph.
Among the chine collee papers in the prints illustrated you will spot found materials (dress pattern, newspaper articles and photos) as well as plain and multi coloured paper.
Chine collee can be very subtle, it is often hard to tell
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