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Inking slabs for printmaking

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by sumi27, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Hi! I'm searching high and low for something and I don't know where to get it! Maybe someone might know...
    I need some inking slabs/sheets for printmaking (collographs and monoprint). We always used a sheet of plastic at university, maybe 5mm thick or so, to roll out the ink with rollers. I know you can get the glass slabs, but they are expensive, so I'm looking for the plastic kind. I found a big sheet of plastic at B&Q but it's impossible cutting it up into pieces! Does anyone know what I mean, and where I can get these from? I can't seem to find them online or anywhere!!

    Thank you in advance! [​IMG]
     
  2. Hi! I'm searching high and low for something and I don't know where to get it! Maybe someone might know...
    I need some inking slabs/sheets for printmaking (collographs and monoprint). We always used a sheet of plastic at university, maybe 5mm thick or so, to roll out the ink with rollers. I know you can get the glass slabs, but they are expensive, so I'm looking for the plastic kind. I found a big sheet of plastic at B&Q but it's impossible cutting it up into pieces! Does anyone know what I mean, and where I can get these from? I can't seem to find them online or anywhere!!

    Thank you in advance! [​IMG]
     
  3. What would happen if you used card and stuck that sticky back plastic stuff on, like they have to cover their books in school? Might be a cheapish option.
     
  4. We use sheets of old acrylic sourced from a local recycling centre so its free, you can also use acetate for small monoprints, works very well and although not very environmentally friendly it can be thrown away after use.

    Hope that helps :)
     
  5. Mrs Grumpy

    Mrs Grumpy New commenter

    The Technology deprtment at your place should use Acrylic sheet ( brand name often "Perspex") and they can get hold of what are called "Offcut" packs - it's worth finding the address from them but it's rather expensive. You could try looking up suppliers / manufacturers in Yellow pages, and spinning a sob story, . See if a local kitchen fitting firm will supply big "scraps" of the smooth sort of laminate used for worktops, either before laminating or left over lumps on worktops. I've also used the formica-type surface of the workbench in the room before now, for monoprints, - watch out, purple seems to stain.
     
  6. Have you tried specialist crafts or ypo?

    Ps CaligoInks .com is brill for water based but are very much like oil based inks!
     
  7. For monoprinting I've always just laminated a sheet of A3 paper and used that. Cheap, easy to clean and easily replaceable!

     
  8. hi B&Q will make 3 cuts for free, easilt places in your car!
    Then if you speak nicely to the Tech person they could cut it into smaller pieces!
     

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