Our Joy of Print session. We had immense fun during on an introductory printmaking session as part of the Making Marks with Markievicz group project. We started with a little crosshatching exercise and then moved on to take rubbings and recordings of the inside and the outside of the room we were occupying.

Printmaking session, Naas Nov 2019.

A rubbing is an impression or a recording of a design or texture, for example it could be the floor, a basket, wood pattern. It is made by using a light piece of paper similar to newsprint paper or strong tissue paper and charcoal or oil pastel. The paper is placed over the texture to be recorded and then by using a piece of charcoal or oil pastel, on its sides, rub along the paper in such a way as to reproduce a copy of the texture onto the paper.

This process is so exciting to do, for both adults and children and produces some fascinating results. Often times the design or texture that you think might work beautifully can be uninteresting and yet the dull looking design or texture can really surprise you when you see it reproduced. Today these rubbings were used to informed an abstract design for printmaking, using pressed foam board as the plate. Local photographer Christine Burns joined us to take photos of this process and workshop.

View this one minute video on the printmaking exploration:

The Making Marks with Markievicz project, is funded by Kildare County Council Arts Service and Creative Ireland and is a group of 13 participants. Read more on the project here