Posts Tagged ‘styrofoam’

Another of my styrofoam plate prints, this time printed and over painted onto canvas board. The image is all on one plate and printed in black. I love how the styrofoam prints end up looking like graffiti, and to that end I thought I’d spiff some of them up with color. The wonder of these prints is that you never know how they will turn out. A face can have many expressions depending on where the paint settles into the crevices of the plate. One thing about painting the image is you can define areas and change the print a bit. This is a face with a tic tac toe body; grids are fun to carve and usually look cool printed.

Advertisements

This is another painted print from a styrofoam plate that I did a few of last week. They are now in my cubbyhole at ARTpool Gallery for $12. The plate was printed on a 5×7 canvas board. I drew  a child, not a cherub, but the printed face looked so angelic and the clothes more like a robe than what I drew, that I turned the figure into an angel. I believe this is what is called Artistic License! haha. Have a blessed day.

This page doesn’t photograph all that great but if you look at the larger image by clicking on the smaller one you can see some detail better. There are three stampings of my styrofoam plate image of Guadalupe that I carved several months ago, all these stampings are in blue. And then there are three stampings in black of a rubber stamp that I have of Guadalupe. The background is tempera paint and the styrofoam plate stamps are tempera, too. Tempera is one of my favorite paints to use in art journaling. It dries matte which I like. It dries more quickly than acrylic, which I like. The paints mix well, which I like because the color range is somewhat limited. It’s non toxic and non stinky, which I like. In summation, I LIKE it. It’s inexpensive, too, which I REALLY like. Try it. My go to if I am not trying to prep a surface is white tempera which dries semi-opaque in one coat, opaque in two, much quicker than gesso and much more reasonably priced. Just about every page in my altered map journal begins with white tempera paint.

I got froggy yesterday and made several printing plates from recycled styrofoam. It is one of my favorite ways to make an image, especially if you want a folk art look. I happen to be reading the new release from Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, “Untie the Strong Woman”, which is about the sacred mother archetype. It’s a fabulous book! It inspired me to draw this Our Lady Guadalupe with a pen onto the styrofoam. I then “inked” the plate by smoothing gesso across it with a credit card, leaving a thin layer. I had already prepped a found plaque with white gesso and simply pressed the plate on top with medium pressure. Voila! I discovered as I was adding some pencil details that I could scratch through the white gesso down to the original photo on the plaque, thus creating a sgraffito look that I think enhances the folk art quality. The last step was a thin layer of beeswax to protect and deepen the layers. Save that styrofoam from the market!