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!

 

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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Making plates on the beach

Walking and Printing

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 Continue reading

One minute charcoal pear drawings with mono prints

One minute drawings to unlock creativity

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.

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