St Columbanus N.S Loughlinstown

Carmel Murphys 5/6th class with Artist Jane Groves.

Session 7 … Introducing the printing press.

I’m totally bias, but I think my printing press is amazing ! I recently bought a small mobile press and I was really excited to bring it into the class to show the students.Today I demonstrated a way to make prints through dry point etching which is a process where an image is etched with a scribe onto aluminium or in this case perspex plate and then inked over, the ink is then removed using a cloth called scrim, only remaining in the etched grooves ( It is the opposite way of printing to our initial experiments on foam board where the line drawn is the negative image.) Once the plate is ready, it is placed on the printing table with some pre soaked printing paper and rolled through the heavy rollers of the press.

We have been talking over the last few weeks about transformation and the way nature and ultimately ourselves are constantly changing, I thought it would be a nice idea to work on some self portraits, so we took some ´selfies’ which we worked over using clear perspex and utilising some of the expressive marks we have been developing.

A few students printed their work through the press while the remainder finished off their plates ready for next week.


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