Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Etching" with Scratch-Foam
Packets of Scratch-Foam can be purchased from art supply stores. It is the same type of material that vegetables are often packed in at the grocery. So if you have something that you can re-use, all the better. I used a pen to draw the image of the house on my sheet of Scratch-Foam, making sure that I pressed hard enough for the pen point to make an actual impression in the foam. With the brayer I rolled water-soluble block printing ink onto my foam plate. I turned the plate over onto a sheet of paper and applied some pressure with the palm of my hand. As you can see the lines that you have pressed into the foam are the color of the paper that you are using. Very different looks can be achieved depending on the combination of the colors of both ink and your paper.