Tag Archives: intaglio

Intaglio prints  are made by rubbing ink into the textured surface of a plate and wiping it off again, leaving ink in the grooves. This is run through a printing press at high pressure to transfer the image onto damp paper.

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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Tyvek printing plate from both sides

Tyvek printing plates

One of the delights of experimental printmaking is using materials that have a mind of their own. I like the feeling that I am letting it do its own thing and also at the same time guiding the process. It feels more like a collaboration and I often find my ideas are modified and altered as my understanding of the material grows. If you too enjoy this approach then you will definitely like experimenting with Tyvek printing plates.

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crisp packet printing plate

Crisp Packet Printing Plates

Metallised film packaging is not recycled

This post is about reusing metallised film to make interesting printing plates. Metallised film packaging is used to keep food fresher, it is made by coating plastic with a very thin film of aluminium, and it is currently not recycled.

How to spot Metallised film

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