I've always wanted to make prints but didn't want to ivest in a printing press. Also, being precise is not exactly my strength.
I have tried many substrates to "etch" marks into a plate but recently, found one I really liked. — Tetra Pak. This is packaging material that is commonly found in grocery stores. I found it by looking at the bottom of the chicken broth container I had in my fridge. But I think you can also find it containing other fluids like milk, cream, etc.
After rinsing out the container, I cut it into pieces (easy!) and used this as my "plate". You can draw directly on the Tetra Pak or use tracing paper to transfer a design. Then you use a sharp tool (I used an awl) to "etch" the lines onto the plate. I used Speedball paints to fill in the indentations, wiped off all the ink from the plate and then printed onto a piece of paper using a brayer. The image on the left is the print and the image on the right is the plate.
I'm going to make a few of these so I can experiment with adding color to the image with watercolor or acrylic. Should keep me busy for a couple of days!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!