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Mount board is heavy card used for window mounting art work. It has a smooth surface and a rough inner core which is useful for making collagraph printing plates.

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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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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Printing from Eggshells

broken eggshells
printing from eggshells involves lots of baking!

Since I started experimenting with printing from eggshells, meringues, omelettes and cakes have been top of the menu, and no shells made it into the bin!

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both ends of the tiny printing press

A Really Tiny Printing Press

A printmaking friend told me that Aldi was selling a tiny printing press for under £20. I immediately investigated this interesting rumour, and discovered……. the ‘so crafty’ die cutting machine.

Like the Xcut Xpress,the “So crafty” is sold as a die cutting and embossing machine, but with a few adaptations it makes a perfect pocket-sized press. Continue reading