Make Bold Silhouette Greeting Cards From Magazine Cutoutscomments (5) December 14th, 2015
All sorts of found objects from the home and garden can be used for sun printing. This project from The Print Making Book by Vanessa Mooncie (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2014) uses images cut from magazines to produce interesting prints on homemade greeting cards. Read on to see how it's done.
Tools and Materials
• Craft knife
• Cutting mat
• Black paper
• Board, such as plywood or stiff cardboard
• Cyanotype paper
• Glass (not UV-protected)
• Container of water large enough to rinse the paper in
• Blank cards
• Glue stick
• The text or images from the reverse side of the magazine cutouts might appear in your artwork, depending on the thickness of the page it came from and the exposure time. The cutouts can be backed with paper to prevent this from happening, but show-through adds interest to the print.
• If marks appear on the prints that shouldn't be there, the glass may be dirty. Make sure the glass is clean and there are no specs of dust or smudges.
Cutting the stencils
1: Cut images from magazines using a sharp craft knife on a cutting mat. Turn over the cutouts to see how they look from the back, without the printed details, as it will be just the cut shape that will appear on the exposed paper (see Troubleshooting, above). Extra detail can be added by cutting more from the basic shape of the cutouts.
Printing the shapes
|2: Keep the paper out of the light until you are ready to print. Lay a piece of black paper on top of the board. This is to prevent the sunlight refracting onto the back of the treated paper. Put the cyanotype paper on top, with the treated side up.|
3: Place the magazine cutouts in position on the paper. It is a good idea to roughly work out the composition before removing the paper from the protective packaging.