Introduction: Easy Etching With a Pasta Press
I recently moved house and a lot of equipment is un available at present so I thought it would be an idea to go back to basics and print without the fancy presses and tools.
Clear plastic sheet
A pasta making machine (I was given mine. trust me if you know anyone with one they will not use it and will be happy to give it to you)
Ink (I have etching ink which is burnt linseed oil and pigment.. but I have used shoe polish as well as oil paint and had successes)
water and a tray to keep the water in.
More paper.. seriously if your printing you will want to make a whole bunch of prints.
Step 1: Find an Image You Want to Make an Etching Of..
If you want to go freestyle then that’s cool an you can skip a few steps. If not then find an image you like.. Pictures of family members tend to go down awesomely this time of year.
Also remember that the printing process will produce a mirror of the image your looking at so you might want to flip it first using an image editing software.
Step 2: Cut Out Some Clear Plastic Sheet to the Size of Your Image
You could add a little more space for your border but endure you will be able to run the sheet through the pasta maker
Step 3: Temporarily Tack the Image and the Sheet Together
Step 4: Grab a Needle
If you have an etching tool then this step could be a whole lot easier. If not then I recommend experimenting with the marks you make.
Step 5: Use the Needle to Tract the Image
Try looking at etchings for inspiration, there are techniques which can be used to shade such as cross hatching which could make your work look awesome.
Step 6: Rub in Some Ink
Step 7: Clean Off the Ink You Don’t Want
I like to use paper towels. I tend to have a lot of them around an there cheap.
Step 8: Make Sure You Have Some Soaking Wet Paper
This step could have been mentioned earlier.. but makes more sense here.. The wetter the paper the better.. as long as it is not falling apart.
Step 9: Make a Sandwich With the Scratched Into Clear Plastic Face Up to Wet Paper and Paper Covering It.
Step 10: Put the Paper Plastic Paper and Ink Sandwich Between Some Felt
Step 11: Run the Paper Plastic Paper and Ink and Felt Sandwich Through the Pasta Machine and Hope for the Best.
Step 12: Open Up Your Freshly Pressed Packet and Admire the Print You Have Just Made
Then make a whole bunch more.