Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sintra, Cel Cut, PVC Coated Foam Core

© Cathy Savage, Country Roads, 11 x 15",
mostly drypoint, some collagraph
© Cathy Savage, Cowbird vs. Blue Jay, 11 x 15,
drypoint, collagraph
Whatever you're calling this product (Sintra and Cel Cut are brand names), it's pretty versatile for printmaking. I've used it exclusively for drypoint and collagraph plates, but I'm going to be trying it out as relief this week in the high school workshop I'm teaching. I figured it would be a great material to try drypoint and print as relief, then wipe as intaglio and print it an entirely different way with a completely different look. (Plus there will be way less blood than a regular relief class using traditional carving tools.)

If you've tried Sintra for printmaking, I'd love to hear about how you've used it and if you have any tricks I need to know for relief.

PS We've had guests in town for the month of March, so I've been a bit sluggish with doing art and posting about it. But I'm back, baby!


GeorgeT said...

Just stumbled on this and it peaked my interest. Any new on how it turned out?

Cathy Savage said...

It worked great! The kids used styluses to make marks on the plate. And I think a roulette. They didn't use carving tools, but I've known people that have and it worked great. One thing about using this material to print relief, you don't have to go super deep. I was wondering if the roulette would work at all and it ended up making a nice pattern for the student's background. I think I posted her results on the blog somewhere. If I can find it, I'll post the link.

Cathy Savage said...

Found it!