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).


Inking the block


Laying the block on the carpet


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


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


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!


Bystanders (and parade participants)


Admiring the work!


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