Printmaking: Project #1


Printmaking project #1 is complete! Our objective was to create a print that had a good balance of white and black. For class on Saturday, I need to turn in six of my best prints. I laid all of the prints on my bed tonight to whittle it down to the best six (out of fifteen).

I spent about two hours last Saturday making these prints on the press in class. I had done a couple of test prints on newsprint, and then finally decided to jump in with the good paper (Rives BFK). I think I am learning that the key to doing this is to wash your hands all the time. I ruined a couple of my best prints with thumbprints, and I definitely don’t want to repeat that again. It’s also a challenge printing during class because there is only one press, and over twenty students.


Pictured above is the best print. For this image, I was inspired by Google Maps. I stitched together two screenshots from Visalia, CA to get the geometric design. I really wanted to play around with texture and learning how to carve on the linoleum block, so I made up a lot of the designs by finding different ways to use the carving tools.


This is sort of dorky to admit, but it was super fun to sign all of the prints. I felt like a real artist when they were all signed. My hands were shaking because I only have six prints that I feel comfortable turning in for the grade, and I was afraid my hand would slip while I was signing them. For my own reference, here’s a link to an article on how to sign art prints.

My next project is a reduction print. I’m doing another geometric pattern using lime green, turquoise or dark blue and black. I’ll post some pictures of the print as I do each layer for my next printmaking update.

Comments 6

  1. emily b February 8, 2013

    Tricia – You prints turned out so great! You should be proud. And remember – you ARE a real artist – whether you’re signing prints or not! (But I’m with ya – it IS pretty fun.)

    • Tricia February 9, 2013

      Emily – Thank you! You are of course right about being an artist already. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it when you are still trying to find your style. This is a good reminder that I need to own it! :)

  2. robyn February 9, 2013

    I have to check out that link for signing prints. I took all the printmaking classes and an independent study when I was in college and I remember asking if there were set rules and it just seemeed to so wishy washy or maybe I’m just remembering it being different from photography. It didn’t help that I was also doing individualized pieces by adding watercolor and it was never explained if that was even allowed, proper or frowned down upon, let alone how one numbers pieces that will be as different as watercolored pieces can be.

    • Tricia February 9, 2013

      My teacher has talked about this a little bit in class, and called it a variable edition. He was specifically mentioning that you could hand color prints, or print them in different colors, and call them a variable edition. I found a link that talks about numbering for variable editions. I’m not sure how far you can take it and still have it be an edition. I’m guessing people do this different ways. I never knew there were so many rules to printmaking, ha!

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