LILY SAUNDERS

12453815- DESIGN STUDENT, YEAR 2

EXPERIMENT PRINTING

Filed under: TYPOGRAPHY — Lily Rose Saunders at 8:59 pm on Monday, October 19, 2015

FOAM SHEET, SPONGE AND POTATO STAMPS: EXPERIMENT

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Potato how-to

I wanted to test out materials for my final piece stamp technique to go with my KingPong inspired type; i wanted to choose something that shows the type clearly but has a imperfect finish to it.

FOAM SHEET STAMPS

This is a similar style to print blocks used in handmade cards, wrapping paper etc. The edges of the prints are more sharp and precise compared to sponge prints, plus have a less bubbly look. Foam sheets are similar to work like lino prints or woodblock printing- as areas that want to be shown on paper are more prominent. Blank space areas are cut out, where as my foam pieces are stuck onto, instead of carved out of, like Andrea Lauren’s work (Link to her site: click images on left) where Lino block prints are treated to work on top of work and colours.

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My foam stamps

Using a capital and lower case ‘A’ template (shown in blue) I created a foam stamp- the capital is made from 2 foam pieces, which created a more precise result, compared to the lower case, which was made from a single foam sheet. At first there was too much paint, and gradually created a nice print; I like the last two ‘A’s at the end of the page as they are clear. The only downfall is the grey look to them, as they look faded.

 SPONGE STAMPS

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My experiment piece- all explained above.

I then created a cut out sponge to mimic the shape of my font- At first not applying a lot of pressure, and then pressing hard. I feel this isn’t effective as the sponge becomes soggy very quickly and is hard to wash out colour fully if needing changing. Further more the end result is a fuzzy, bubbly look, blotchy in areas where more paint was stamped:not an even spread, which could be a desired effect.

POTATO STAMPS

Creating potato prints gives you a large service to carve from- however I found it very slippery to work with especially using a knife, plus it was very hard to cut out the ‘eye’ of type, creating not the most detailed and precise shapes. The mix of potato and paint created a thin watery stamp effect- not what i wanted. Further more, if I wanted to use these stamps again they would become mouldy and unusable.

My desired effect would be a clear print that had a slight rustic, imperfect block of colour, and I feel the foam stamps are best.



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