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I have also done prints using the styrofoam that butchers use in grocery stores to wrap meat. In the styrofoam relief below (a print of my daughter holding a camera) I used a piece of styrofoam that was discarded from the chicken we had purchased for dinner.
|Styrofoam relief made from common butcher's styrofoam|
I used a number of different tools on this first practice run: a scratch etch stylus and clay modelling tools but the best tool of all was an old discarded chopstick (top).
|Carved styrofoam on the right (after inking)|
In my original carving, I had used the chopstick to indicate bricks. When I ran a couple of prints, I found it much too busy and when I added watercolour later, it became a bit of a muddy mess.
I used Speedball water soluble printing ink: black (3400).
|This is one of the original runs |
showing the brick effect
The bricks were easy to eliminate just by smoothing out the styrofoam with the chopstick until the "bricks" were gone. Below is a proof without bricks.
|This is one of the original runs|
without the brick effect
Below is my first proof with watercolour added. I plan to experiment with more colours (the more intense the better) and with different papers.
I used Subi (white) block printing paper this time but I wonder what effects could be achieved using other papers?
That will have to wait for the next time I play.
I love sketching and I love printmaking and I wondered if there wasn't a way that I could do both?
I was inspired when I came across this styrofoam jigsaw block print at
Brian Holden's "Printmaking Journey" blog:
|Source: Brian Holden's blog post:|
"demo relief print made from Styrofoam - jigsaw block technique"
It seemed to me that styrofoam was well suited for this type of project - it is a commonly discarded material; it is fast to carve on location (unlike linoleum) and it's lightweight and easy to pack.
I revisited my Pinterest "Linocut" board for some more ideas and inspiration.
I think this concept can work. I will continue to look in alleys for a subject matter
that lends itself as beautifully as Brian Holden's crow in the garbage does.
|Art journal sketch from photograph|
(mixed media on 100% cotton paper)