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Wire pressed into foam for relief printing tools
Press chicken wire into foam to make a relief stamp for Printing by Linda Germain

I cut a piece of chicken wire to see what kind of marks or printmaking tools I could make. First I tried to attach it to a board to get it to lay flat – not happy. I tried laying fabric on top and doing a brayer rubbing – not so good I press the…

Challenge – Use what you have
Found tools for Mixed media printing by linda germain

Are you inspired by found objects? Do you see possibility in everyday stuff? Do you have a collection of inspiration in the corner of your studio that you have gathered for years? I do. Found objects are the foundation of my printmaking process. I challenge you to use one of those found objects in your…

12 Tips for caring for Printmaking Tools
print tools for gelatin plate printing

How do you relate to your printmaking tools? Do you: Have a place for everything? Or are they piled all over the studio? Are they cleaned after every use? Or do they have years of visible wear Do you rush out to buy the latest and greatest gadget Or do you dig through the recycle…

Trace monoprint on Fabric
Trace monoprint on fabric with screen printing inks by Linda Germain

A fuzzy black line is the characteristic mark of a trace monoprint. I love loose spontaneous drawings – scribbles with life. Today I played with my pile of gelatin prints on fabric by adding a trace monoprint on the top. This is how I approached the printing process: lightly and evenly spritz my fabric roll…

gelatin print of a woman with raised arms by linda germain

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Do you love spontaneous printmaking?

Do you have a try it and see what happens attitude?

Then printing without a press is for you.

  • It can be as simple as a found relief stamp or as complicated as a multi colored screen print
  • Printing can open up the art making opportunities for nearly every artist.
  • You can take a drawing and transform it into a screen, a block or a stencil.
  • A photo can be the foundation of a repeatable pattern or image.

Why make prints without a press?  Most folks do not have access to a printing press.  Gel monotypes, thermofax screen prints, and relief block prints are all methods that are readily available to most people.

If you love to make marks, then you will love printmaking without a press.