Printmaking Using Nothing But Plaster?

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Printmaking Using Nothing But Plaster?

Who knew that printmaking with plaster was a thing? In this video, Graham of Diode Press uses nothing but plaster of Paris, a copper plate mezzotint, and ink to create a lovely print piece. He writes:

I’ve come across this method over the years in various articles and by word of mouth and I’d definitely recommend giving it a try! This works with linocuts, etchings, aquatint, or even woodcuts (if you seal the wood first), and requires no press, Barens, or even paper!

Graham cautions:

I’d test it out on an old plate before trying it on something you care about, in case it does not work out how you’d expect or damages the printing matrix.


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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