Printmaking is a very rewarding process that I enjoy doing. The object is to make a stamp with an original design that looks good printed in multiples. It can be used over and over again using lots of colors, or for a dramatic look, just basic black.
I showed the students several examples that I had made awhile back. They learned that ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ space determines which areas will pick up the ink and which areas won’t. Keeping designs simple is also important!
Safety is most important and I demonstrated how the tools were to be used and how to hold the carving blocks so you wouldn’t cut towards yourself. Each cutting tool has different width cutting surfaces for making different types of marks.
Students made a ‘test print’ to see if there was any area that needed more definition. Students will be printing in our next session. It’s always a rewarding experience!
Here are some more pictures from our afternoon of creating stamps for printmaking!