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Combs are useful for all sorts of mark making across different printmaking techniques

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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A collagraph print made using combed cement

Combed cement printing plates

If you think ‘combs’ and ‘cement’ sound odd together, this post should help to change your mind. Combed cement creates a range of strong textures which are very effective in collagraph printing plates.

You can approach this technique in various ways; speedy and dynamic, geometric and measured, or slow, flowing and meditative. There is a combed cement technique for all temperaments!

 

Create a comb collection

Assorted combs for cement

Assorted combs for cement

Combs are wonderful tools for Continue reading