DIY: Egg Carton Relief Prints
I've always been fascinated by relief prints. A relief print, for those of you unfamiliar with the term is an art form by which one reliefs or "takes out" pieces from a flat object in order to create a design. Paint or ink is then applied to the relief so that the image can be printed onto a surface, sort of like a stamp. It's one of the oldest art forms + the works that artists have created using it are amazing! This past week I created my own relief print of my favorite rapper Mac Dre, and I'm really happy with the results! Here are a few snapshots of my very first relief print, along with how I made it (in case you wanna make one yourself).
* Egg carton or take out box
* Piece of tracing paper + A piece of paper to print your design on
* Pencil (mechanical works best)
* Tape (optional, but helpful)
- Draw up your design on the tracing paper
- Tape the tracing paper onto the egg carton. You'll want to tape it on backwards with the pencil side down onto the egg carton.
- Using your pencil, copy the backwards design onto the egg carton.
- Remove tracing paper + begin the relief!
Now I happened to have the little sculpting tools pictured above laying around + I used them to relief the egg carton but there are definitely other ways to relief your design if you don't have these sculpting tools on hand. As the egg carton is really soft it won't take much to relief or press in the egg carton therefore the options for what you can use to relief are pretty open. To give ya a few ideas you could use: a pushpin, or even the head of a nail.
- Once your design is relieved apply a thin coat of paint onto it. Press the painted side down of your relief onto a piece of paper, lift, and there you have it, a relief print!
If you put too much paint on the print you'll end up with this result...
Not only is this project super easy to do, but it requires tools that most of us already have laying around. Plus if you feel like you aren't good at drawing you can always just trace a design from an outside source right onto the tracing paper + create a relief print that way. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did! :)
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