On my youtube channel, one of the most frequent comments left on printmaking tutorials is how to print without a press. A press is an expensive investment, and they’re heavy, with a large footprint that’ll take up a bit of floor space in a room. There are also many to choose from, so it’s understandable that beginning printmakers are overwhelmed.
If you search the net for artists experimenting with printmaking from these little machines, you’ll find successful drypoint engravings printed with a Cricut Cuttlebug ($60) machine too. Check out these posts: here, here and here. I haven’t tried either of these machines as alternatives to printing presses, but the basic principles of applied pressure should work with a little tweaking of the paper, and layered padding or cards to help keep everything snug and non-moveable as the plate goes through the machine.
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P.P.S. My Australian artist friend DP (check out her blog here) commented on this amazing new-to-me Scottish printmaker named Colin Blanchard. His post about using the CriCut includes two demonstration videos! Have a look here.
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