Before I began printing I created some jig’s to help with the registration of the print. I made two different sizes for the two different sizes of paper I wanted to print on.
Preparing for the print involved cutting/marking the three different surfaces: Polystyrene, Lino & Cutting Plastic. I tried to cut each piece to exactly the same size, a 12 cm square, but found that I only had enough cutting plastic to do a 11.5 cm square. Rather than rethink the design I hoped that if I aligned it right in the jig the 0.5 cm wouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Blocks before printing:
I found this plastic as a suggested alternative to linoleum on the Great Art site so thought it wouldn’t hurt to give cutting it a go. I wasn’t sure which side was supposed to be the front of the surface, so I assumed it was the smooth side, as the other side has a small square pattern.
I had some Polystyrene in the house that I’d used in the past to try making stamps/stencils with so it made sense to do some mark making with it. I decided to use only a few tools; a ball point pen, fine pen, craft knife and hand saw and to keep what I drew with them simple. So forgive the child like quality of the prints.