A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #6
- 16th April 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
Another day… another activity suggestion for you… This time it’s a technique inspired by Lino Printing… great for making cards / artwork etc.
What you’ll need:
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*Newspaper, cardboard or plastic sheeting (to protect your table)
Again, this activity is great for all ages and I hope that once you’ve had a go you’ll be inspired to keep making more, trying different designs and experimenting…
To start you need an appropriate working space… it can be a bit of a messy activity so make sure you’re all set up before you start and you may want to wear old / messy clothes or an apron.
Grab one of your blank cards and measure the size of it, then make a template about a 1cm smaller all the way round. For example if your card is 20cm square your template should be 18cm square. Once you have your template, draw around it on a bit of plain white paper.
Inside the box / shape you’ve traced draw your design. Keep it simple, bold and fun!
Remember if you’re doing word / numbers they need to be drawn backwards so they print the right way around. (use a window to reverse the text if you need to / want to make sure!)
One you have your finished design grab your template again and use it to draw round and cut out a sheet of your polystyrene. (Start from the edge so you waste as little as possible)
You can now trace / redraw your design lightly onto the polystyrene. Use a felt tip pen and press lightly so you’re not indenting the surface. Once you are happy with your design go over it using a pencil. Press hard this time as you want to create a bold strong impression in the surface. Trace all your design. Feel free to add decorative textures etc to the background and experiment with different tools to get different marks!
Once your design is complete clear a space (this is when it gets messy!) I’d suggest have a clean area and a inky area (if you can’t do that / don’t have the space, just make sure you have some scrap paper to hand.
Squeeze out a bit of the printing ink onto the middle of your plastic board. Grab a roller and roll it through the ink… up and down and side to side till it’s evenly coated and you hear a nice squelching round… this means the correct amount of ink is on your roller. Now roll the roller / transfer the ink onto the textured side of your design. Make sure it’s well covered and all the corners have ink on them!
Once it’s well covered place your card down on a clean bit of table and place your print ink side down into the middle of the card (it should fit with a boarder because of the template you created & used. (Make sure you place it on the right side – what will be the front when it’s folded!)
Use a clean roller or the back of a wooden spoon to firmly press down the design, transferring it onto the card.
Once you think it’s been done enough, peel off from one edge and unveil your printed card…
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, printing rarely is…. If it’s not come out that clear (like mine in the video) apply more ink and press more firmly next time.
Experiment with different shapes, colours, incorporating collage etc… the possibilities are limitless!
Once you’ve finished you will need to wash off your board and roller with warm water.
Polystyrene stencils can be reused too so don’t throw them away!
I’ve included a video tutorial which demonstrates the whole process below and don’t forget to share your creations with us!