Printmaking without a press
I am here to help you pull fantastic prints, even if you do not have a press.
Methods of printing without a press
this print was created with some grasses and round rubber thing – no drawing
1. Make Monotypes with the gelatin plate – gelatin printmaking
This method is my favorite. You can get delicate detailed impressions with a strong plate of Jello and a mere hand pressure.
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this screen print was based on a flower drawing
2. Screen Printing
Screen printing was made popular by Andy Warhol and his images of famous pop culture icons. But you are familiar with screen printed T-shirts as well.
This process can be as simple as a one color t-shirt design or as complex as a multi color sales poster. The main concept is to pull ink across a highly woven screen. As you pull the ink goes through the tiny holes in the screen that are left open by the design.
Here is a quick video and free tutorial on a simple screen printing method that you can do in your home studio.
3. Relief printing
these are foam relief plates – super easy line drawings into prints
Block printing, relief printing or stamping all are based on the same concept. Ink is applied to a raised design and then pressed on to the paper, fabric or other material.
Raised design can be carved wood or steel, pencil lines in styrofoam, carved rubber and the collaged elements of a collograph. It can be done by fine artists, or school children and everyone in between.
Check out the upcoming printmaking workshop – soft block relief printing – starts soon.