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Resources for small, affordable printing press alternatives!

Making Prints without a Printing Press On my youtube channel, one of the most frequent comments left on printmaking tutorials is how to make art prints and printmaking without a printing press. A press is an expensive investment, and they’re heavy, with a large footprint that’ll take up quite a bit of floor space in a room.   There are also many to choose from, so it’s understandable that beginning printmakers are overwhelmed.     Drypoint Printing Press Alternatives There are workarounds to make both relief and intaglio prints at home that include hand transfer, or printing press alternatives. Hand transfer of drypoint …[Continue reading]

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Printmaking Drypoint: Cat Cot (& a tutorial video on drypoint printmaking from mylar drafting film)

A  drypoint-from-drafting-film printmaking experiment resulting in the art above is posted on my youtube channel. You can make a drypoint engraving on matte finish mylar – or drafting film – and print an edition so you can paint each one in a different palette with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil or your media du jour. Try tracing a figure study from a sketchbook  (like I did below) onto a small sheet of matte finish Dura-Lar drafting film, and then scribe the line-work with an etching needle.  Ink the mylar, wipe & print… voila. 🙂 The resulting print in this experiment was terrifically sketchy. (My technical art terminology works best …[Continue reading]