Simple Japanese Woodblock Monoprint – Sara Lee

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Sara Lee demonstration print

Introduction

This handprinted monoprint method borrows techniques from the Japanese tradition to apply water-based inks to a woodblock and make unique prints.

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Kitchen Litho by Sadie Tierney

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Drawing the plate using oil-based media.

Introduction

Kitchen Lithography is a planographic printing technique (printing from a flat surface) based on the principle of water and oil repelling each other. French artist Émilie Aizier invented the process in 2011, adapting conventional lithography to the contemporary home setting using household materials, and a simple method (no graining or specialist chemicals). It’s an experimental technique – the best results come from practicing and enjoying the process.

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Making your own printmaking stamp by Amy-Jane Blackhall

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materials: paper, ink, linocut, linocut tool(s), cork block, inking roller, wooden spoon

Introduction

Make your own versatile stamp(s) using this simple technique. Cut an image or design out of lino, glue to a cork block for ease of handling, then ink up and get printing! Have fun and experiment – make repeating patterns, text blocks, overlay your stamp onto existing prints, it can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.

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Gelli Plate Printing for Monoprint by Katherine Jones

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‘Gelli’ plate print reveal

BEFORE YOU START

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING GELLI PLATE CARE AND USE INSTRUCTIONS:

Three key points:
• Avoid using sharp objects on the plates
• Clean the plate after use as instructed
• Place back in original packaging to store cleaned plate for your next project!

Important cleaning note – plate cleaning materials: Avoid using white spirit to clean the plate; instead smooth sheets of scrap paper, newspaper etc over the surface until any remaining ink has lifted off. Cleaning with white spirit will degrade the surface of the plate. If using water based ink you can wash the plate with water and mild detergent.

I am very excited to try using these plates too. They seem to have enormous potential for a variety of very exciting off press outcomes. A big thank you to Katherine Jones for introducing and writing this project for the Rabley Printmakers.


Introduction Katherine Jones

Gelli Plates are amazingly effective and pick up even the most sensitive detail. They are ideal for making monotype-style images without a press and are malleable, allowing you to print onto all sorts of materials including paper, fabric and even rigid surfaces like wood or cardboard.

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Card Printing by Nik Pollard

Card Printing. The print (left) and the card plate (right)

Introduction

Card printing is a simple inexpensive method of printmaking that can be used alone to make simple designs/images or combined with other printmaking or painting processes. The basic nature of this printmaking process allows it to be easily adapted and developed to create a range of results. It can be used as a bridge between drawing and printmaking.

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Plaster Bandage Cast for Intaglio and Monoprint Printing by Meryl Ainslie

An inked drypoint plate and a plaster bandage cast print.
Inked drypoint plate (left) and plaster bandage cast print (right)

Introduction

Plaster bandage or ‘modrock’ will take print into the surface of the plaster from an inked intaglio, drypoint or monotype plate using oil based inks. This is a great method for printing a plate without a press.

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RABLEY PRINTMAKERS TABLE TOP PRINTING PROJECTS

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In the spirit of keeping connected, happy and making the team at RABLEY DRAWING CENTRE Amy Jane Blackhall, Nik Pollard and Meryl Ainslie have put together a plan!

We have devised 6 Tabletop Print Projects for our regular Rabley Printmakers and we thought it would be welcomed to make these live and free to everyone! – so follow this blog and our instagram #rableydrawingcentre to keep posted and connected!

There will be a new project each Monday for the next six weeks. We hope that you will enjoy them, they are just for fun and to introduce a few new ideas to keep your practice fresh and lively! We have had fantastic support from Sara Lee, Katherine Jones and Sadie Tierney, who are all going to make contributions over the coming weeks.

Each workshop will include an introduction, materials, demonstration videos, suppliers links. Printmakers will already have many items in the studio or kitchen!

Planning the Rabley Table Top Print Projects