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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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