Printmakers – the Misers of the Artworld?

24 Sep

Drawing on recycled paper: The Yellow Towel.

All the serious printmakers I know never ever throw anything away. Left-over ink is carefully wrapped in cling film, prints that haven’t worked out are recycled for drawing or collage, paper stencils are carefully peeled off screens and applied to a background sheet as a unique monotype/collage, old bits of wooden furniture and offcuts of signwriters foamboard are used for blockprints and scraps of paper left over from editioning are used for proofing. It goes without saying that newspapers, old clothes and plastic bags all play their part in the endless cleaning up that is the lot of printmakers.

This drawing was done onto a large piece of Bockingford 250gsm that had been discarded by someone after a cyanotype course. It’s around A2 size and worked up in compressed charcoal, black conte crayon and white and yellow oil bars. The original is a much smaller ink drawing in one of my sketchbooks, which I did at life drawing group.


2 Responses to “Printmakers – the Misers of the Artworld?”

  1. jhv57 September 25, 2011 at 19:56 #

    Not miserly-just incredibly open to the possibilities inherent in a scrap of paper, a morsel of ink-an unusual idea. We are much more experimental-and open to the unexpected that occurs constantly in printmaking!


    Judith Hladik-Voss

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