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  • Maryann Hammond

    Handmade Holidays: Fun Rolling Pin Art Projects

  • Angie Franke

    Rolling Pin Prints August 19th, 2008 Here’s a nice, easy way to print wrapping paper or even fabric. I don’t know whether these would be considered relief or collagraph prints, maybe both. You could also carve a wooden rolling pin if you desired. But this way I can remove the cork and reuse the rolling pin. Anyway, here’s what’cha need to make some rolling pin prints: Materials: - Rolling Pin (got mine at Ikea for a few bucks) – if you get a wooden one like mine, you may want to seal it, but I just left mine au naturale. You could also use PVC pipe or cardboard mailing tube if you want thicker/thinner cylinder - cork contact paper or foam sheets with adhesive back -scissors and xacto knife and cutting mat -measuring tape -sharpie - long piece of plexi glass for rolling ink out onto should be at least the length and width of your rollling pi - water-based block printing ink or acrylic paints (or oil, just use vegetable oil to clean plexi and they take longer to dry). I like the block printing inks because they are thicker, more pigmented and have slightly slower drying time then plain acrylics. This gives me a few minutes to arrange stuff when working. If printing on fabric make sure your using proper paint or ink. - brayer - paper or fabric to print onto First, measure your rolling pin. Measure the circumference and length. Then, cut a piece of cork contact to the size of the rolling pin Draw your design on the cork with a sharpie. I like designs that are interconnected because they look cool when printed, but you could certainly cut out individual shapes and that would look killer too. Cut out using scissors and xacto blade. I found the scissors worked great for cutting away large pieces and the xacto blade worked well for cutting out the small bits. Remove the adhesive from the back of the cork. Arrange the design flat with the sticky side up. (Make sure that the design fits within the size of your rolling pin). Roll the pin over the design so that it sticks to the pin. Roll the pin back forth and put plenty of pressure on the pin to make sure the cork is well adhered. Fill in gaps. If you find that the rolling pin is tilting and the wood is touching your surface, you can cut some shapes to fill in the gaps. Like I did with the flower below. Roll out ink. Squeeze ink out onto plexi in a long strip. Use the brayer to roll the ink and evenly spread it on your plate. You will need quite a bit of ink because the cork really soaks it up. Ink up your design. One thing to remember when inking up is to pick up the roll in one direction. Turn the roller and ink the other direction. This way you get as much as ink as evenly as possible on the cork. Print your design. It’s a good idea to practice a few times on newsprint or some scrap before printing on your good paper. Hang dry your prints. I used this kraft paper on a roll. It was curling up on me so I had to tape it up. You can also use a hair dryer to speed drying. A word about clean-up. Another nice thing about the water-based block printing inks is that I can easily rinse my plexi and brayer off in the sink. To clean the rolling pin, you SHOULDN’T put under running water if you want your design to stay in place. The water soaks into the wood and your adhesive starts to give. This caused a petal off one of my flowers to fall off. I found it worked better to roll the pin over some damp paper towels or newsprint. However, when I was ready to remove the design, I just placed the rolling pin under the water and it slipped right off, allowing me to reuse the rolling pin.

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