Easy Etching with a pasta press

I recently moved house and a lot of equipment is un available at present so I thought it would be an idea to go back to basics and print without the fancy presses and tools.

I used:

Paper
Clear plastic sheet
a needle

Felt

A pasta making machine (I was given mine. trust me if you know anyone with one they will not use it and will be happy to give it to you)

Ink (I have etching ink which is burnt linseed oil and pigment.. but I have used shoe polish as well as oil paint and had successes)

water and a tray to keep the water in.

More paper.. seriously if your printing you will want to make a whole bunch of prints.

Step 1: ?Find an image you want to make an etching of..

Easy Etching with a pasta press

If you want to go freestyle then thatís cool an you can skip a few steps. If not then find an image you like.. Pictures of family members tend to go down awesomely this time of year.

Also remember that the printing process will produce a mirror of the image your looking at so you might want to flip it first using an image editing software.

Step 2: Cut out some clear plastic sheet to the size of your image

Easy Etching with a pasta press

You could add a little more space for your border but endure you will be able to run the sheet through the pasta maker

Step 3: Temporarily tack the image and the sheet together

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Step 4: ?Grab a needle

Easy Etching with a pasta press

If you have an etching tool then this step could be a whole lot easier. If not then I recommend experimenting with the marks you make.

Step 5: ?Use the needle to tract the image

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Try looking at etchings for inspiration, there are techniques which can be used to shade such as cross hatching which could make your work look awesome.

Step 6: Rub in some ink

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Step 7: ?Clean off the ink you donít want

Easy Etching with a pasta press

I like to use paper towels. I tend to have a lot of them around an there cheap.

Step 8: Make sure you have some soaking wet paper

Easy Etching with a pasta press

This step could have been mentioned earlier.. but makes more sense here.. The wetter the paper the better.. as long as it is not falling apart.

Step 9: Make a sandwich with the scratched into clear plastic face up to wet paper and paper covering it.

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Step 10: Put the paper plastic paper and ink sandwich between some felt

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Step 11: Run the paper plastic paper and ink and felt sandwich through the pasta machine and hope for the best.

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Step 12: Open up your freshly pressed packet and admire the print you have just made

Easy Etching with a pasta press

Then make a whole bunch more.

 
 

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