Something which is very important in my work is the amount of recycled materials I can possibly use in the process. I like the idea of making something beautiful from essentially rubbish. Thats why I love collagraph making as I tend to use old cardboard packets. another bonus of this is the fact that its a very cheap material, so the pressure of potentially messing up materials you have bought just for the task are not there.
These fish were made from a used coffee cup. the plastic coated card great for wiping ink off of.
Anybody else that have found recycled materials that are great for printmaking? or anything crafty really ?
thanks for reading.
Collagraph and letterpress print that I did for my family for Christmas. I made a very limited edition of 4 .
I started with the idea of some ratties for my brother and his fiancée who have pet rats. But when it came to printing them as little individual cardboard plates, I thought they needed something else.
Its the little things in life that do make it better, like family and friends. Little furry friends as well. Flowers, a sunny day or just a really good cup of tea when you are thirsty.
So this print came to be, I spaced my rats out to leave a go for me to stamp some wood block letters into the space.
And now all the households in my immediate family have the same print and message in it. ( and all like rats thankfully 😂)
It was my birthday recently, and I happened to see this little desktop printing press that I had had my eye on for a while, was on sale, so birthday pressie for myself I bought it .
I have had a few goes on it trying different plates, it has its own way of printing which I need to master, but it’s looking promising for much fun in the future 😁
Fixing it to my desk …
A bit of rumaging around in the garage for some bits that would make suitable brackets and bolts to attach it.
One of the first prints with it, from a collograph plate , a pretty good impression !