Printing Part Two: Making use of the Multiple

Printing and Composing Multiples

Step one: make sure your block is carved and ready to go.

Step two: cut down a large stack of paper to the size you want your finished prints to be (with a border).  Make sure to cut these all to the same dimensions (use the paper cutter!) and makes sure you have at least twice what you think you need (likely 25 pieces of print ready paper).

Step three: ready your area.  Make sure your work surface is covered with a large sheet of paper to avoid getting ink on the desks.  Organize your area so your inking station is not next to your stack of clean papers.

Step four: Create your registration.  The simple way to ensure your prints are the same (not crooked or off center) is to make a template of your paper on your cover sheet (trace the outline of the paper) then place your plate (not inked!) where you want your image to go on the paper outline (likely centered).  Then outline your block in this position.  Every time you print, your block will go in the same place and you will also lay your paper down over the same guidelines.

Step five: begin to ink your plate.  For those of you that were absent you can watch the following tutorial on how to ink and print your place.  KEEP YOUR WORKSTATION CLEAN.



1 Artist Proof – this is simply your first print.  This is where you will look for areas that need to be further reduced or lines that need further emphasis.  You will also get a sense of how much or little ink you will need to uniformly cover your plate and get a nice, even print.  LABEL IT AP

5  identical black on white prints.  This is your edition.  You will likely need to make more than 5 prints so be sure you have lots of extra paper.  These five prints need to be identical in registration (centered, not crooked)and  ink density (all the same flat, dark black).

3 identical color prints.  You choose the color.  If you missed class today, you will need to purchase a small tube of colored ink to do this at home.  Again, 3 identical prints means you will likely need to print several more and then pick the best three.

2 experimental prints.  maybe you double print on some of the goofs from the black and white run, maybe you print multiple colors on one image.  You will need to make several attempts here.  From these select the best two and then further manipulate them at home with other media (pencil, pen, paint, thread, you name it – collage? paper cutting?).  EXPERIMENT.


Your job now is to figure out interesting ways to present multiples.  Think of it as a series of legos that you need to built something with.  Maybe these each get mounted individually, maybe you figure out a composition using the multiple (remember Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans?) or maybe you take these prints and make something 3-dimensional, a cube, a book,  a wall?  EXPERIMENT.  THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO CLASS NEXT WEEK.

For some ideas, take a look at the following examples from Printeresting’s Sculptural Print Archives:

Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret

Leslie Mutchler

Ron Swainston


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