Prints inspired by the German Expressionist group “Die Brücke”

With pupils in Year 9 (classe 3) we made some lovely prints inspired by the German Expressionist group "Die Brücke". We have carved small plates of Adigraf (a special soft linoleum) with engraving tools and we printed the matrices on paper, with printing inks. We started with a sketch on paper which was then redesigned over the adigraf and then engraved with various gouges. Printing was done … [Read more...]

Terracotta Army printed wit foam

Still about China, what better way to reproduce the huge Terracotta Army of  Xi’an, except through a printing technique? We used the most simple and cheap: - foam engraved with a sharp pencil - acrylic paint applied with a flat brush - printing on colored card with hand pressure Every student could prepare one soldier and print it 5-6 times.. so your Army shall be … [Read more...]

Printing with Packaging Foam Chips

In a parcel sent to my home I found these polystyrene-foam packaging chips and I thought how to use them, instead of throwing them away! You can use them as a stamp to print flower petals, and here is our flowery meadow! You can use tempera or acrylic painting. First you paint a simple background in solid colors, then you print the flowers whit other bright colors. At the end you can draw the … [Read more...]

Printing an Olympic texture

A simple idea for the background of a School project on the Olympic Games. The texture is inspired by the Olympic rings! … [Read more...]

Recycled polystyrene foam printing

I used recycled polystyrene foam from pizza’s package to do matrices  for hand printings. I used acrylic colour spreaded on the matrix by a flat brush and I printed by hand with a  light and evenly pressure.  polystyrene foam carve with with a sharp pencil foam matrix painted by acrylic colour and hand printed   matrices and … [Read more...]

Leaves printed with bleach

These days I’m visiting the Art Department of Sir Thomas Picton Schoolin Haverfordwest and I’m learning a lot of useful techniques,  lessons, systems and creations from the art teachers Ms. Diana Brook and Mr. Lee Phillips.  I took some photographs of the work of Zoe Bevans, a student of Year10. I liked her idea to do print of leaves with bleach on black ink, the effect is very … [Read more...]

Printed with leaves and flowers

I thought about something very spring and I painted it with acrylic colours, leaves and flowers. … [Read more...]

Mono Printing Workshop

On Monday 12th March I had an interesting Printing Workshop at the Oriel Q – Queens Hall Gallery in Narberth (Pembrokeshire, UK), where we experienced the mono printing and gum arabic transfer with the teachers Sally James and Lesley Crawley. Here my prints and matrices and those of other participants. It was a really exciting! The sample of our … [Read more...]

Print and stencil decorations on cotton fabric

With pupils of 7th grade we decorated cotton fabric bags with colors for fabric. They cut some stencil from  transparent acetate plastic sheets and painted with special brush with short bristles, mixing colors and creating gradients. In the next step they have carved a linoleum stamp and they printed the fabric with the same colors, to create a frame around the main … [Read more...]

Prints inspired by the Matisse’s drawings

The graphic work of Matisse, the highest representative of the "Fauve" French, offers a variety of beautiful designs made with very few stylized lines, to which we were inspired to run these small prints. With the students of Year 9 we have been inspired by these designs to engrave a rubbery material called "rubber crepla" and realize the printing plates. The softness of these sheets of rubber … [Read more...]