Saturday, March 01, 2014

Easy printmaking technique - ink and plastic wrap on canvas

In the creative art classes at Explore Creativity studio, Towradgi, I have been teaching the students a new simple printmaking technique - using coloured ink on canvas, pressed with plastic wrap.

Simply drop a small amount of coloured ink onto a wet pre-primed canvas (i.e. sprayed lightly with water), cover with plastic wrap (like GladWrap you use in the kitchen), scrunch up the plastic a bit so you get some folds, and leave the whole thing to dry completely. It may take at least 2 hours. Then carefully peel back the plastic, and you are left with a textured ink print on the canvas that can be used as a base for a painting.

Shown is a lovely work by Collette, and you can see the interesting textures in green, brown, and purple ink. She then added some stencilled flower shapes on the left hand side in acrylic paint, and lightly painted in  woman's form in white acrylic and white chalk. Very effective.

New students are welcome to join the creative art classes. Mondays at 10am - 12 noon, or 6.30pm - 8.30 pm. $25 per class with most materials supplied. (Just bring paper and/or canvas) To join please email Penelope on Check out more student art work on the facebook page: