As I promised I've managed to rustle up a crafting post today. I was so inspired by an article on the Royal Academy of Arts website that I decided to it try out with my friends. 'Buy pizza!' I told Red Mel and Spiky Kay ' But make sure that it's on a polystyrene base'. We used packaging that would normally have gone to landfill to create a printing block. So much cheaper than my usual lino and you don't need any special tools to make the marks. We just used what we found in my kitchen. Here's Spiky Kay inking up her design. She'll kill me for posting a picture of her with her tongue out in concentration but I thought that it was rather sweet!
Red Mel is using the brilliant Slamma that my sister in law distributes in the United Kingdom. It's much more space saving than a printing press and way more effortless than using the back of a spoon to make relief prints. Right, I think that it's time to put you out of suspense and reveal the results of our creative endeavours.
Here's Spiky Kay's collection of fossils and shells. She's got a bit of a thing about ammonites.
Red Mel decided on a very hippy dippy butterfly.
And this is mine. The ink doesn't roll smoothly over the polystyrene and block is squishier. These two variables mean my design changed with each imprint. You don't achieve the same consistency as you do with lino. At first I was disappointed. But then my fuzzy octopus grew on me. He has an ethereal quality, as if he's being viewed from under the water. My boys came round this afternoon and agreed. They've bagsied a print for their wall. That's one of the things I love about printmaking. It's a craft that lends itself to being very easily shared and gifted.