Steamroller Print Event

I’ve been making small prints.  These are not small.  I signed up for the Steamroller Print Class at the Lawrence Arts Center, which took me clear out of my comfort zone.  What an experience!  I took 8 weeks to plan and carve a 3 X 6 foot MDF block (other people did 3 X 8 feet), and then there was the event–a whole day of printing with the steamroller on the day of the Art Togeau parade and during the Buskerfest.  It was a group effort–and we actually could have used a few more people. Bystanders were drafted. Here are a few pictures of the process with my block (we rotated blocks, about ten in all).

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Inking the block

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Laying the block on the carpet

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Laying the muslin on the block (It really does take six clean-hands people.)

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Lifting the plastic and carpet padding off after the steamroller has driven over it.

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Burnishing the few places where the plastic wrinkled under the great pressure of the steamroller.

Lifting the print!

Lifting the print!

The first print!

The first print!

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Bystanders (and parade participants)

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Admiring the work!

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Prints handing to dry in the lobby of the Arts Center.

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