- scratch-foam board
- tools eg. wooden skewer, ends of paintbrushes, bone folder
- sticky tack or tape
- soft rubber brayer
- ink for print making
- hard acrylic brayer
- surface for ink eg. piece of glass, plexiglass, or small tray
- paper for printing on
- tool for applying pressure eg. wooden or metal spoon, baren, acrylic brayer
1. Scratch-foam boards are found in art supply stores, and are very easy to work with. Pressing the foam with tools compresses it, enabling you to create a design. It is the uncompressed/raised parts which the ink will adhere to, and print onto paper. To make a design, you can work directly on the foam sheet, or sketch out a few ideas on paper first. Keep in mind the design will print in reverse.
2. Many household items can be used as tools. Anything that compresses the foam without damaging it will work well, like wooden skewers, chopsticks, and the ends of paintbrushes. Bone folders are also great. Trimming a small piece of foam from the board will allow you to do some experimenting.
3. Once the design is completed, you can add the ink. Put a small amount on a piece of glass or plexiglass.
Use a soft rubber brayer and roll over the paint, being sure to go in all directions. Continue until the paint is spread out evenly, and the brayer is also evenly covered with ink.
Secure the foam board to a surface using sticky tack or tape, to prevent it from moving around when applying the ink. Apply the ink evenly with the brayer.
Place a piece of paper on top, and apply pressure using an acrylic brayer, a baren or a metal spoon. Cover the entire surface.
You can lift up a corner of the paper to verify if enough ink has been transferred.
Carefully remove the paper. Results will vary based on the amount of paint applied, the amount of pressure, and the type of paper. Experiment with different kinds of paper. Smooth absorbent ones, like printer paper, will work better than textured ones.