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Printing 'on the road'

My recent holiday challenge was to do some printing without my usual paraphernalia. I was quite pleased with the results. Keeping it simple seems to be the key.

I have always taken sketching gear with me on holidays but, more often than not, I've hardly used it. Although getting set up to print 'on the road' took quite a bit of preparation, I'm pleased to report that I came home with six or seven little prints that will serve as a lovely holiday memento.

I know there are others out there who have been printing en plein air for ages, but here's a video of the equipment I used and how I organised it.

Post script to the video: Here are a few things I should have mentioned but didn't.

  • I was printing 'on the road' metaphorically, not literally. I stuck my prepared plate in the box again and took it back to our holiday apartment for printing.

  • Before printing, I laid my acetate over a blank page on an iPad to help check for any needed modifications.

  • You need something comfortable to sit on and also something to lay your tools on. Sitting on a folded down beach chair in the boot/trunk of my car worked well for me. As you can see, this even gave me a back rest. Perfect!


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David Bell
David Bell
28. Dez. 2021

There are some interesting tips in this little video, Nigel. I'm not persuaded to try printing 'on the road', but your results are very attractive. Thanks for the share.

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