Printing Using Rhenalon Plastic Sheets and Oil Crayons (Hand Press)

Gabriela Popp shared with us a printing technique yesterday at her studio.


Gabriela Popp – Artist and Art Therapist in Munich, Germany



Printing Supplies Needed:


1 Plastic sheets. We used .5mm  They are thicker than the plastic sheets used for overhead projection.



paper!  This was thin paper which was soaked in water and patted dry.



Water Soluble Oil Crayons – Any Brand.  This is the brand we used.
A sharply pointed etcher/embossing tool.  A piece of paper underneath your work and a photograph or art piece you want to use as your inspiration.



Detail shot of what you are doing.  The scratches you make in the plastic will hold the wax which will be transferred through the hand pressing process.



Finished scratching on plastic sheet
cover all the lines with the oil wax and remove all wax that you do not want on your print.


The wax in my scratch marks.  I had to go over a few lines after my first print because the scratches were not deep enough.



Covering the surface with oil crayon.




After going over my lines a second time, I used a pink wax crayon and printed.  I left the middle smudge to see what it would look like (experimenting during workshop)
This is after I put the damp paper on top of my drawing and started pressing.


For this press, I experimented using different colours




my workshop neighbour, Cut &  Tear, did this etching.
This is how you press the crayon wax onto the damp paper.



Here Gabriela Popp is wetting the paper.
Gabriela then took the paper and put it in between newspaper to take out some of the water.



  • As soon as you put the damp paper on your printing surface start pressing gently so that you don’t rip the paper. If you want to look the paper will dry and it will not take the print so well.
  • I tried spraying water directly on the plastic sheet and then putting dry paper on the plastic. The image does transfer. I left the image at the studio will add the photo tomorrow.
  • It takes a couple of hours to do this process.  Not sure yet how many prints you can make. I will be putting the plastic through a press tosee if it will work.


Tutorial: Printing with Styrofoam – Angela Smets Prints

Angela Smets was nice enough to make a tutorial in German for Munich Artists.  I will be making a version with no audio for our Trefu.Life website.   If you are interested in taking a workshop with Angela Smets, let her know. She loves creating workshops and helping creatives learn new skills.

If you are interested in coming to my tiny studio to create a tutorial, please let me know at   Your tutorial will be uploaded to our Munich Artists Youtube page, shared on this website and on Trefu.Life.

The video remains the property of Munich Artists but we link to your website so people can find you to do offline workshops.  If you have a problem with that, don’t visit me or offer to create a tutorial.

You are welcome to do the tutorial in German or in English and we are open to any kind of workshop that I can film from an overhead shot.






Tutorial Video – Make a Plaster Mask

Here is a video we made with Allun Turner who will be teaching a Mask workshop on June 4th.  If you decide you want to create a mask, you will need the following materials:

  • Swimming Cap
  • Plaster bandages (purchased at art store)
  • Warm water
  • Vaseline

You will slather your face with vaseline and put your hair under the swimming cap to protect your hair and skin from the plaster.

Masks made below were formed on the mold we made from the initial mask in the video.  If you make a mold from your initial mask you can make hundreds of masks and experiment with materials.


Tutorial: How To Turn a Photo Into a Line drawing

Our current Munich Artists 30 day challenge takes a creative commons photo and asks artists to create an art piece using digital techniques or illustration.  If you want to make an illustration out of the photo that we’ve provided, you can use this workshop below.   To do the workshop, you must have photoshop and some knowledge of the software program. Luckily the instructor shows you exactly who to work with the image to make it a line drawing.

If you are not an expert, this process will take you much longer than 8 minutes.  Give yourself 30 to 60 minutes to complete this task. If you want to use today’s photograph, here is a link to the media file.  Once you finished, you are welcome to share your artwork in our challenge group (open to everyone to share their artwork using our challenge images and themes.)

Note: If you do not see the sketch filters, it is because you are either not in RGB or you have not allowing yourself to see all the filters.  you must go into your preferences and change the plugins by clicking that you want to see all filters. (I had this problem.)

Here is my version of the line drawing:

example of tutorial hands with needles