Pressure printing is a printmaking technique which uses a flexible plate (often as simple as collaged paper). Unlike many printmaking techniques you do not ink up the plate. Instead you ink up a flat surface, then you lay a piece of paper over the top and then you press your plate onto the back of the paper. The higher bits of the plate push the paper into the ink and this creates your image. This technique is traditionally practiced on an electric, self inking press called a Vandercook. This press is more commonly used for letter press printing.
I have spent the last 3 years adapting the pressure printing technique so it can be replicated in a home studio. In 2016 the France Brodeur Young Artist Award funded me to further my pressure printing investigations and I was able to purchase 2 large spindle rollers. These have proved a great substitute to the Vandercook, allowing me to print much larger artworks than before.
Click, then scroll through the images and hover over them to follow a simple step by step guide to home pressure printing.
Most examples of my pressure prints can be seen in the 'Landscapes' section of my website.