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Mixed Media Monday – Printmaking with Paper Towels

Printmaking with Paper Towels from Adria Black Art

I love playing with paint, stencils, and stamps and all kinds of other goodies.  Despite being March, in the midwest that doesn’t mean it won’t snow.  So during a recent snowstorm, I decided to have a printmaking session.  I recently watched a Creative Live class on printmaking, How to Create Collage Paper and Andrea Chebeleu had used paper towels soaked in liquid acrylics for her printmaking.  Which I thought was an awesome idea and I’ve wanted to see how it would work.

The supplies I used for my printmaking session - Golden Fluid Acrylics and Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylics that have been mixed with equal parts of water.
The supplies I used for my printmaking session – Golden Fluid Acrylics and Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylics that have been mixed with equal parts of water.
I decided to use Golden fluid acrylics (Green Gold, Teal, and Quinacridone Magenta) and some Daler Rowney liquid acrylics that have mica (they are the pearlescent kind).  I loved these colors together!  I wanted bright, vivid colors that also felt like spring – which I just can’t wait for its arrival!

The paper towels acted as a giant ink pad, which created wonderful prints when placed onto the paper.
The paper towels acted as a giant ink pad, which created wonderful prints when placed onto the paper.
I used two droppers of the colors and two droppers of water into some old lids.  After I had the colors mixed up, I folded the paper towels into a triangle shape, kind of like doing a tie dye shirt.  I dipped each end of the triangle into a different color until the paper towel had soaked up the color fully.  I carefully unfolded the paper towel and placed it onto a piece of white cardstock.  I then used stencils, stamps, and other textured items to create prints using the ink soaked paper towel.  The prints turned out really cool and I got a ton of different really cool pieces from this process.  I tried recording the printmaking session, unfortunately, my daughter wanted to help me so I wasn’t able to record.  Maybe next time!

This project is definitely messy! I always feel wonderful when my hands are covered in paint!
This project is definitely messy! I always feel wonderful when my hands are covered in paint!
We also a clothesline that we have hung up in the hallway that acts as our dryer rack.  It was so exciting to see the clothesline full of these gorgeous prints!

Our clothesline in our hallway is our universal drying rack for both my artwork and my daughter's.
Our clothesline in our hallway is our universal drying rack for both my artwork and my daughter’s.
I also took snapshots using my phone of some of the really cool bits from each print. I loved all the texture that the prints have from the bubble wrap and the star stencil, and even the lines that I drew onto the paper towels while I was printing.

Abstract Printmaking 1 by Adria Black
Abstract Printmaking 1 by Adria Black
Abstract Printmaking 2 by Adria Black
Abstract Printmaking 2 by Adria Black
Abstract Printmaking 3 by Adria Black
Abstract Printmaking 3 by Adria Black

I scanned the prints and then played with the colors through Photoshop.  I also scanned the actual paper towels that I tie-dyed and used kinda like a giant ink pad.  So I ended up with a ton of different variations from this one printmaking session.

Abstract Tiedye #1 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tiedye #1 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #2 Print - Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #2 Print – Adria Black
Abstract Tiedye #3 Print - Adria Black
Abstract Tiedye #3 Print – Adria Black

Abstract Tie Dye #4 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #4 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #5 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #5 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #6 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #6 Print by Adria Black

Abstract Tie Dye #7 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #7 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #8 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #8 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #9 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #9 Print by Adria Black

Abstract Tie Dye #10 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #10 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #11 Print by Adria Black
Abstract Tie Dye #11 Print by Adria Black

I learned all kinds of new things during this printmaking session. I’d love to hear what you think of the abstracts! More goodies from this printmaking session will be coming soon in the March Mixed Media Collection, so stay tuned! All of these prints are available on Society 6, simply click on the photo of the piece you like and it will take you directly to the shop!

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