The following prints were created by drawing into the surface of 1.27 cm (1/2 inch) thick blue dense styrofoam from a building materials supply shop. This is generally used for insulation of walls during home construction or renovation. It is not that expensive and can be easily cut into blocks from the main sheet with a ruler and utility blade.
I used ball point pen primarily as the drawing tool as it tends to score the surface much better than pencil (which catches a lot in the material). Some of the finer lines were created using a compass point needle tip but again took a bit of effort dragging this through the styrofoam.
These were all example pieces created as part of demonstrations for relief printing with styrofoam lesson I have to elementary school children during the past several years.
|two block study of flower forms|
printed in a light blue waterbased ink over a solid black square
|songbird on tree branch|
|simple sunflower form (slight dot detail in the blossom) against a dark background|
white ink printed on black paper
|the hockey game |
tan ink on black paper
|Light comes through|
two block colour winter woods study
|the key block (black)|
notice how the styrofoam has been flecked away to reveal a loose type of surface