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Stencils – simple printmaking without a press
stencils are great for printmaking without a press

Stencils are simple and effective ways to print without having a press. These are not your grade school stencils – or maybe they are. Stencils are more than those store bought plastic flowers, set of sign letters and wall stencils for folk art. They are usually used to block the transfer of ink, but in…

What size screen do you use for printing?
different size screens for pulling prints

Though I do have a huge studio, I still work pretty small.  I like art work that can be handled, that is intimate and draws you in closer. When I took my first printmaking class, I bought a very big screen and I have not used it since. It is just too big. It is…

Printmaking takes patience
drawing fluid and screen filler method of screen printing

I should write a book the impatient printmaker. Or I need to be more patient. When I am inspired by a tool, drawing, found object or photo, I want to incorporate into a print right away. That is why I love found object mark making tools. I am exploring the drawing fluid method of screen…

Pulling lots of little screen prints
pulling screen prints by linda germain

I believe the more I practice, fail and experiment, then the more I learn. I have been learning a lot this week. I got some new drawing fluid and filler, some curtain sheers and embroidery hoops. I have been figuring out how to quickly make little line drawings into screens that I can save and…

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.