Printing with found materials
There are many ways to print using found objects. Here are just a few
A relief print is a print taken from a raised surface. Print blocks are usually made from materials such as lino or wood, but try making your own simple versions with the following materials:• Polystyrene food trays: these can be can be drawn into or carved forfine relief.• Pencil erasers, either as they are or cut and carved.• Balsa wood, with shapes cut out or scratched in with a scalpel.• Textured wallpaper and fabrics.• Natural materials such as pine cones or pebbles.
A monoprint is usually a print taken from a flat surface, such as plastic orglass, which has had a design painted onto it. Good surfaces for monoprintingmade from found materials include plastic bags or bin liners cut and tapeddown onto a layer of cardboard, old plastic
covers or overhead projectorplastic. You can make marks on the surface using found drawing media such assticks and sponges, paintbrushes, or your fingers.
Cut letter stencils or shapes from card, glossy magazine paper, or plastic. Usetorn edges from paper and fabric. Natural materials, leaves, and plants makegood stencils when used directly or with monoprint as a mask.
The Found Object in Textile Art3
The same piece of wallpaper inkedup (right) and the resulting print.
Detail of “Remnants from notso Ordinary Lives” showing rubbing froman old wallpaper remnant, done with waxcrayons and then stitched on fine buttermuslin. The block printing was done withold Indian blocks. Cas Holmes.