Hello everyone! This week I had a blast printing with masking tape! I’ll go through my process with you all and show you a few prints I did using this method!
I fell in love with printmaking last semester, and thought I couldn’t love it anymore than I already did. I was proven wrong this past week when we started an unusual way to print, with tape! We started out with a plexiglass base, and I put 2 layers of masking tape horizontally across. I wanted the tape to be thick enough that when I inked up the plate the ink wouldn’t get into the white space where it wasn’t supposed to be. I then drew out my design on the tape, and once I thought it looked okay, I carved it out with an exact knife. I wasn’t too worried about slicing into the plexiglass (which happened) because the ink wouldn’t be directly on the plate anyway. Once it was all cut out and everything looked good, I mixed water with matte medium and went over the tape so it wouldn’t peel while I was printing, it also makes it last longer. After it was done drying, I started printing! I was also able to use lots of different colors with ease with this method!
This method was surprisingly easy and painless to do, and each print I made I was actually happy with! I’m actually working on another print like these in the near future, stay tuned!