“Years ago, when I was unable to go to my studio because I was recovering from surgery, I realized that the inner material of a juice box could be a good surface for printing. This printing process is quick, simple to learn and to make, sustainable, and the finished print can be an unforgettable gift for a dear friend. With only a few juice boxes, leafy branches, printing ink, brayers, and printing paper, it is possible to make wonderful prints.” – Rosane Viegas
Artist: Rosane Viegas
Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.
Techniques included in this project: Monoprinting with recycled materials, blending printing inks, printing with leaves, and printing without a press.
- Aseptic packages with metallic interiors, such as juice boxes, in a variety of sizes
- NOTE: The packaging can be cut into shapes for different effects.
- Craft knife and scissors
- Spray bottle with water
- Papers for printing (I used Lana paper, size A4, but any printing paper will do.)
- Metal-edge ruler
- Kraft paper (I used size A3, which is approximately 12″ x 17″.)
- Protected work surface (I used newspaper.)
- Branches, leaves, and twigs (I prefer thinner and straighter plants, such as ferns or willow branches, but you can use other leaves and plants that are fairly flat.)
- Palette, to spread the ink (I used a glass plate.)
- Block printing ink, 4–5 colors (I used Charbonnel Etching Ink in Orient Blue, Sanguine, Turquoise, Blue Lake, and Raw Sienna.)
- Tissue paper
- Weights (I used 2 full glass bottles, capped.)
- Spoons (I used wood and metal spoons.)