Talk Turned Geeky

17 Apr


Husb and I had a teatime visit from friends today and, as one of them is a fellow printmaker, the talk turned geeky. She noticed a number of my blockprinted portrait heads on the wall and we chatted about materials and techniques. Instead of the traditional lino or wood, or even modern vinyl, I used signwriters PVC foam sheet called Foamex. Lots of signwriters around here use it and chuck away the offcuts so it’s easy to get hold of them for free and recycle it.

flotex head

It’s not easy to cut with conventional tools, it works better if you incise the surface. I used screwdrivers, chisels, ballpoint pen and a four-inch screw which I used to incise lines against a steel rule. Then I cut around the edge with a junior hacksaw and printed it up with black litho/relief oil-based ink onto Zercoll 145gsm paper using the Colombian Press at Swansea Print Workshop.

If you want to see more of these portrait heads, which I based on drawings I made during my first visit to Pakistan, please click here.

9 Responses to “Talk Turned Geeky”

  1. Alli Farkas April 20, 2018 at 00:59 #

    Quite expressively chiseled!

  2. alethakuschan April 18, 2018 at 23:29 #

    Beautiful print! And the print-making surface has its own wonderful beauty as well.

  3. Hansi April 18, 2018 at 16:12 #

    You out did yourself with that one…well done.

  4. Sharon Mann April 18, 2018 at 15:43 #

    Awesome art work and execution.

  5. sheldonk2014 April 17, 2018 at 23:42 #

    Very interesting
    And always inspiring

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