As we move forward to Remembrance Day I have been trying a few printmaking projects with the students.
This one was done on a black painted background but black construction paper would work.
This one is just on plain white paper.
- craft foam, white or lighter colours work best. You could also use scratch foam or a foam plate or container
- acrylic or liquid tempera paint
- pencil crayons
- paper for printing on
Scratch foam also works good and if you can't get your hands on that you can cut the middle out of a foam plate or container.
Here I just drew out pieces of a poppy. Flowers, leaves, buds, and centres. Adding contour and texture lines will enhance the print.
I buy sticky foam. I cut the shapes out, peel and stick to some cardboard, cut out the general shape from the cardboard and then add a handle to the back with more cardboard.
I use my glue gun to stick on the handle as I'm impatient and want to get printing right away.
You could also use a loop of masking tape and tape the foam to the cardboard if you don't have sticky foam. You could also tape them to the clear Plexiglas blocks if you use those for printing.
You can use printing ink if you have it but I tend to use acrylic paint.
I add just a touch of water to help it flow. Now you could use a brayer to apply or a paintbrush.
If using a paint brush make a circular motion when painting, that way you won't get brush marks on the print.
Flip stamp over, place where you want on design and press.
The second print from the stamp, (without reloading with paint) is called the ghost print. Sometimes that is the better print.
I work with 2 pieces of paper and sometimes I mix first prints and ghost prints together in a composition.
Here I'm giving my stamp a spritz with water before doing the ghost as I waited too long between prints.
That one turned out pretty good!
Continue printing. I added some stems with a paintbrush. Printed on the leaves and buds.
Finally I added the centre in black.
When the print is dry you can add some extra details and shading with pencil crayons if you want.
Another great thing you can do with sticky foam is cut it into thin strips and "draw" out your image. I used cardboard as the base.
This will give you an outline of your image.
See you next time.