Radial Prints

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We began this lesson by creating a variety of sketches based on observation of actual objects, or by observing pictures of animals. We chose our favorite drawing to transfer to a thin Styrofoam “plate”. Drawing on the Styrofoam created indentations which resulted in a textured surface. We applied ink onto the plate with a rolling tool called a brayer and printed (or stamped) our plate image four times in a radial pattern. We then cut away the negative space, (the background), and reprinted just the positive space, (the object or animal,) with a second, contrasting color. The small “mini print” in the center was yet another printing plate! Paper and ink colors were selected carefully to provide emphasis and contrast. As a finishing touch, color pencil accents were added to create more visual “pop” to the image.

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