Despite the fact that I detest styrofoam (so bad for Mother Earth!), at least this block printing project gives those take home food containers a second life beyond carrying leftovers.
|Standard styrofoam food container provided by most restaurants.|
|Cut a square from the container's top.|
|Using a pencil, draw a design in the styrofoam.|
Just remember: whatever you draw will be inverted in the final print
(if it faces left when you draw it, it will face right when its printed).
So, I suggest no words unless you can write backwards.
|Press hard enough to create depressed channels when drawing.|
|With a roller, use ink or paint to cover the styrofoam design.|
|Immediately place paper of your choice over the design|
and press firmly with your hand or weighted object, then remove paper carefully from edge.
|Viola! A block print is born.|
All photos via The Meta Picture.