Print Post Cards

A while back, my friend Diane, a printer, posted a technique that caught my attention because of the attractive results, the ease of doing it, and the elements of serendipity inherent in it.

I tried it for myself, made some modifications to suit my particular situation, and even taught it to my students in the mixed media class I taught some months ago.

I made some prints, and this one I turned into a postcard and … mailed it to my friend Diane!




This postcard is a cropped piece from a sheet of watercolor paper. I was demonstrating different print techniques to my students in the above-mentioned mixed media class.


12 thoughts on “Print Post Cards

  1. Diane

    This just reminded me to include this info in something I am doing. Thank you. Will explain when we email. Xo

  2. memadtwo

    I like it! Kind of like a variation of monoprinting, for which I most often use wax paper. I bet that would work for this too. (K)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, actually, I do use wax paper, I took Diane’s technique and kind of do it backwards – ink up the wax paper, set it on the plain paper, and draw with a knitting needle on the back of the wax paper. The other card, it was a variety of items I used to print. I’ve used both techniques together, and I have also made pictures where I did the wax paper technique I just mentioned but made multiple layers of printed drawings on top of each other to form a whole. All of this is easy and portable.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I like printing. I think from the first time I did linoleum block printing the possiblities have interested me, though I’ve always just dabbled.

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    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, I have done many prints with a gelli plate, and it is certainly versatile. I prefer a stiffer printing surface, though, since I like to scrach hard with lines and so on and the gelli plate does not like that!

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