Pressure Printing: A Painterly Approach to the Press with Sarah Bryant – Day 3
Today was pretty low-key with Sarah. First she taught us about using textured materials in combination with pressure printing.
For example, you can take a piece of knitting and use it as a plate. Depending on the amount of pressure used, you can get a pretty crisp, photographic image.
Next she showed us how to use the linoleum blocks we learned about yesterday. The block has to be type high, so we added a piece of bookboard underneath the block to raise it.
It takes some trial and error to get the pressure plate to hit the block in the right place and get an interesting image. I reversed my plate a few times and moved the block around the press until I found an image I liked.
When you use a linoleum block with pressure plate, you do have to think about the orientation of your image because anything in the bed of the press will show up reversed when printed.
Here’s my completed linoleum block (no blood spilled!):
And here’s the pressure plate I used in combination with the block:
And here are the final prints – they were printed in a couple different shades of green:
I love them!
Here’s what the linoleum block looked like after it had been run through the press with the pressure plate:
Here are some of the other prints I completed. I didn’t like them as much (too much white space):
I believe that tomorrow we’ll be binding our prints into a book. Stay tuned!