Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Multi Color (multi block) Print you can do at home


I made this tutorial for my printmaking class so they could have something to review outside class meeting time.  I have found that some of them are more productive during evenings or weekends, and wanted to provide them with a guide.  Also, one of my goals this semester was to introduce printing techniques that students can do after graduation.  I remember suddenly not being able to print after graduation because most of the methods taught required heavy, expensive, unique machinery.  While the imagery in this tutorial is far from spectacular (it had to be kept simple enough to make sure focus was on technique and not the art itself), block printing can produce wonderful works of art in a basement or garage studio.

I added more videos to the playlist to demonstrate reduction block printing (using only one block).  At the end of the video I decided to create a new key block to tie everything together and act as a trap for overlaps and layer that did not fall into registration as they should have.  Here is a direct link in case it does not play embedded into this post.

The image below is a chart of the reduction process used in class.  It shows the stages of the block as it is reduced and printed.  Click on the image to make it larger.

I had made a reduction print for the printmaking class last year, but not a video. Here is a link to that print. It is a bit more precise than the small one in the video.

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