Relief Printing At Home
Styrofoam is bad for our environment. Recycle it by using it to make art!
For printmaking, your surface needs to be flat to start. Cut out a flat part to work with.
Transfer your design onto the styrofoam— your pencil will leave grooves in the foam.
Go over the grooves, making sure that the lines are deep and even.
Soak your paper (index cards work well!) briefly in water and dry it so that it’s soft and damp.
Traditionally, artists use a brayer to roll ink over the surface of their relief printing plate.
They roll the ink evenly over the surface— coloring the surface and leaving the grooves blank.
They put damp paper onto their styrofoam plate and burnish (gently & firmly rub) to transfer ink.
The ink can be cleaned off and a new color or material can be applied.
If you don’t have printing ink and a brayer (roller) you can also apply craft paint with a brush!
Use damp paper and burnish the same way (rub the back gently and firmly to transfer the paint)
Don’t have paint at home? Use a washable marker! Color the whole surface neatly.
If you use damp paper the ink may bleed a little. You can also try with dry paper!
Make a few of each color until you get at least one clear, quality print. Then try different colors!
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