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.
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Transfer your design onto the styrofoam— your pencil will leave grooves in the foam.
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Go over the grooves, making sure that the lines are deep and even.
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Soak your paper (index cards work well!) briefly in water and dry it so that it’s soft and damp.
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Traditionally, artists use a brayer to roll ink over the surface of their relief printing plate.
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They roll the ink evenly over the surface— coloring the surface and leaving the grooves blank.
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They put damp paper onto their styrofoam plate and burnish (gently & firmly rub) to transfer ink.
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The ink can be cleaned off and a new color or material can be applied.
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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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