Advanced Tetra Pak Printmaking

UWE Bristol

by Angela
Witch feeding her familiars

Witch Feeding her Familiars – Drawing image onto Tetra Pak Plate

I did this course in July 2022.  I wasn’t sure about doing it because it was Advanced but I contacted Stephen Fowler and he said I would be OK to do it. I collected some of my own Tetra Pak beforehand (juice and milk cartons) but Stephen had a good supply to choose from also.

I decided to work with some images of Witches and chose a Witch feeding her Familiars (above), The Witch of Newbury and Mother Shipton (below). I drew the image on the Tetra Pak Plate with a pencil then went over this with an etching needle. Any areas that were to be dark I needed to peel away using a scalpel. The foil peeled off quite easily but you need to be careful in case too much is torn off. I can’t explain why but I found the peeling process very satisfying.

The Witch of Newbury

This was the best description I could find about the Witch of Newbury image (from the National Archives).

This is an early modern woodcut that depicts a witch sailing on a wooden plank, on the River Newbury. It is taken from the front page of a pamphlet that contained within it the sensational story of this witch, intended to entertain a wide readership with its strange tale.  Anon.1643.

 

Mother Shipton - Carving Tetra Pak

Mother Shipton – Carving Tetra Pak

I like using different print methods for the same image and have also made a Lino Print of Mother Shipton. Stephen said the sleeve may not work well in Tetra Pak but I decided to give it a go and it came out OK.

We also used Chine collé (tissue paper) to add colour on some of the prints.  The finished prints and plates are below.

Witch Feeding Her Familiars - Tetra Pak Print and Plate

Witch Feeding Her Familiars – Tetra Pak Print and Plate

The Witch of Newbury - Tetra Pak Print with Chine collé. Picture of a witch on plank surfing on a river. 2 Crows flying overhead.

The Witch of Newbury – Tetra Pak Print with Chine collé

Mother Shipton Tetra Pak Print and Plate

Mother Shipton Tetra Pak Print and Plate

We used an Etching Press for the prints but Stephen also showed us how to do this on a Pasta Maker.  Basically – placing the inked plate and paper to be printed on inside another piece of folder paper and carefully rolling through the pasta machine.

Tetra Pak Printmaking - Pasta Maker

Tetra Pak Printmaking – Pasta Maker

The full collection of Photos are here on Flickr.  I really enjoyed this print process and was very pleased with my Witch Prints 🙂

 

 

 

 

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