Printing: Experimenting with compressed sponge

Once a month I get together with a friend, Nola, and we try out different creative techniques.  Last month we looked at printing on fabric with compressed sponge

Sponge-stamp1The sponge comes in sheets about 1-2mm thick.  We drew on it in permanent marker and cut our shapes out.  The working piece was then dipped in a bowl of water where it swelled to about 10mm.

I used Derivan screen-printing inks and applied them to the stamp with a sponge brush.

Spongs-stamp-fabric-1Spongs-stamp-fabric-2Before ‘activating’ the sponge it looks very dense but once it has been wet the holes open up to achieve these fabulous outlines.

Both of us are working on ideas for pieces to exhibit later in the year and I decided to continue with the sponge printing this month and make a range of samples on paper.  I’ve got a pile of strips and offcuts from my OCA printing course and it seemed a good time to use some up.  There are quite a few thicknesses and colours and all printed well.

The sponge was used dry for some samples and damp for others.

Sponge-stamp2These will be used for further working trials and to form a small prototype of the printed art piece I hope to create over the coming months.


About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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