use things that you don’t mind recycling after making
the prints. Here are a few ideas:
Marshmallows or candy
Wine corks, bottle tops, and caps
Leaves, twigs, ﬂowers, acorns, pinecones, and feathers
Cotton swabs or cotton balls
Lace or doilies
Old toy cars (try rolling the wheels into the ink and
then along the page)
Okay, time to get a bit messy! Cover your worktable
and put on some old clothes. As in Adventure 4:
Drawing as Frottage, we will be using the textures
of real objects to create our drawings. We’re going
to explore the wide range of marks that can be
obtained from printing with objects. Throughout this
adventure, I used India ink (and wore rubber gloves!)
to create my prints, but you could also consider
printing with the following.
Kids’ poster paints
A cold cup of VERY strong black coﬀee
Begin by collecting textural objects to use for
printing. These items are going to get messy, so only
Here you can see the range of marks I created after a quick
rummage in cupboards, the recycling box, and a walk outside.
Bubble wrap Bottle caps
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Toy car wheels
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PRINTING IDEAS: YOUR TURN
Pour a little ink (or whatever you are using as ink) onto an old or disposable plate. Press
your object into the ink and see what marks can be achieved by pressing that object
to paper to create a print. There are endless possibilities for creating marks in this way.
Glue your printing experiments to these pages.
Whether used on its own or in conjunction with hand drawing, printing with objects
oﬀers a creative, inventive, and beautiful way to make drawings. There is also something
very pleasurable and rewarding about working in this way. It’s likely many of us haven’t
created prints in this way since childhood. Take time now to enjoy the process of
making prints—the joy of selecting our materials, the physicality of the liquid ink, and
the pressure on paper before the exciting print is revealed.
Notice how the amount of
ink you use alters the eﬀect.
Be sure to label each print
with the object you used
to make it so that you can
easily replicate these marks
in the future.
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