|Polystyrene tile (poly printing)
(1) Equipment needed (for a basic print)
- Polystyrene tiles
- Inspiration for design
- A biro
- Water based printing ink
- Printing roller
- Plastic mixing tray
(2) Equipment needed for (collogarph style print)
- Same as above, plus
- A craft knife
- P.V.A glue
- Glue spreader
- Glue pot
- Cutting Matt
How to make a Polystyrene print (1)
- Decide on what design you want to produce as well as the scale of it.
- Having decided what you are going to do start to draw out your pattern very lightly onto the surface of the polystyrene. (Do not indent the shapes; do not push your pencil into the surface).
- When you have drawn out your design and you are happy with it, go over your pencil marks with a biro this time slightly dig into the polystyrene. The aim is to indent the surface not go all the way through to the back of the tile.
- Finish indenting your design.
- Decide on what kind of surface you are going to print onto i.e.
Plain paper, fabric, a collage of papers, a pattern produced out of oil pastel, watercolour etc on paper.
- Place a small amount of water based printing ink onto a plastic mixing tray; use the printing roller to spread the ink out. When the roller has been evenly covered with ink use it to spread the ink across the surface of the polystyrene tile. (Make sure that you use the right amount of ink, if you use too much then the excess ink will seep into the intended marks.).
- Turnthe polystyrene tile over and press down firmly onto the surface that you are printing on.
- Use the roller to roll over the tile, lift the tile up from the surface, repeat this process until the surface is covered with your design. After a few prints, wash and dry the tile, this will help the tile to retain the quality of the print.
How to make a polystyrene print (2)
- Draw out the shapes of the design on a piece of polystyrene, cut the shapes out using a craft knife on a cutting matt. (A health and safety talk should be given prior to the use of Craft knifes).
- Place all of the shapes onto the surface of another polystyrene tile; lightly draw around the shapes with a pencil or biro. Take the shapes away, spread a layer of P.V.A glue onto the surface, place the shapes back into their positions and spread a layer of glue over the top. Leave to dry.
- Using a roller spread ink over the top of the shapes and use to print with.