January 2018: For my course I need to do some work for Module 9,: Advanced Relief Printing using various experimental media and also working with colour : three colours and producing an edition of 12 prints, well 6 maybe! I will have to think hard about this project and look for the relevant materials:
Here are the notes on materials to use:
Whether you use corrugated cardboard or a thick flat card that will
hold your cuts, cardboard can be a very interesting material to
work with. It is cheap and readily available in various sized sheets.
It may even be a good way to try out a larger print. Use a knife to
cut into the board to create marks and be aware that a lot of
water based ink may cause your card to warp. A coat of PVA
before printing over the card may also prevent too much ink
soaking into the card.
Polystyrene is often found as packaging and some interesting
shaped blocks can be sourced and used as relief printing blocks. It
is usually made up of smaller pieces that are pressed together and
these shapes will print an interesting texture. Just be careful when
burnishing, because if you press too hard the polystyrene may
Small foam sheets (such as burger boxes and pizza bases)
These foam pieces are found in burger boxes, pizza bases and
other packaging. They are conveniently flat and can be cut to size
using a craft knife and ruler. In addition to cutting, these foam
sheets can also be scored with a blunt pencil or similar tool for
more subtle and softer marks. These are a great and safe way to
introduce children to printing as potentially no cutting tools are
needed. Just make sure your foam is clean and non-greasy before
applying your ink.