The plate for this print was made with a strip of a dog food bag turned inside out. The technical name for this material is BoPET, or biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate. I glued the strip to a piece of mat board, then scratched the image onto the surface with a scalpel. The roughened areas where the dog food had abraded the BoPET left a nice texture that caused the ink to adhere to the plate, so the marks on the wall behind the spider thread were built in before I drew the image.
Once again, I've used a pasta maker as a printing press.
- Pasta maker
- Printmaking paper
- Akua Intaglio Ink
- A scalpel or other sharp tool
- A piece of clear plastic from a food container (it should say PET somewhere on the container)
- Newsprint for protecting your work surface
- Tissue paper for wiping
- A drawing or photo to trace
- A piece of card stock or other heavy paper
- Sandpaper (optional)
I have been experimenting with a printmaking technique called Drypoint. Instead of working on a traditional metal etching plate, I've scratched a piece of plastic with the tip of a scalpel to create the image. When intaglio ink is spread onto the plate and rubbed away with a piece of tissue paper, the scratches retain the ink.
Since I don't have a printing press, I've used a pasta maker to roll a damp piece of Stonehenge printmaking paper against the plastic. The rollers provide enough pressure to transfer the inked image onto the paper. Here's the result:
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