Stamping out prints

26 April 2012

This week's printmaking class was all about picture making. Keeping the technique to a minimum and using the most basic materials -- plastic erasers and stamp pads -- the emphasis was on using your imagination to create a print. Here are some pictures of how my students got on. We started with the erasers in their natural state: using all sides and edges to print from, and then enhancing the image with pencil and pen lines.

Then we started to carve the erasers with craft knives and linocut tools. Unlike previous sessions where we use a single block to create multiple images, this time we used multiple blocks to create a single image.

Finally we took this further, creating patterns from tiny bits of eraser. (Each of the sixteen little squares that make up these patterns is about half an inch square.)