Why would you want to print a vinyl record?
Just for fun really, and because you can!
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.
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
Discover the best way to ink and print a collagraph plate
The first thing to say is that each printmaker is unique and everybody does it differently.
It is still fun to argue about the best way to ink up a plate though!
I know from experience that ‘inking up’ can get pretty heated. Continue reading
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