The 1st Flexseal Printing Plate

What you are looking at is a ‘painting’, created almost 90% using liquid rubber as both medium and printing plate. A few weeks ago, I wrote a little article about “firsts” using experiential ideas. I was literally hinting at this discovery but put it off due to touring and recording.

Realization #1 (Flexseal monoprint, acrylics, and ink on paper)

I am not going to claim that I am the first painter to use #Flexseal as a medium. But I can claim to be the first to make rubber printing plates and monoprints via a technique that is squarely my own.

The process of making the rubber printing plates started early this year when the strangest methods of making monoprints started to enter into my journal. I wanted to use odd materials such as pasta, dirt, and wire, and avoid traditional means of printing such as woodblocks.

The idea of using liquid rubber literally popped into my head as I watched one of those silly commercials, and I set out to experiment immediately. My early experiments were atrocious, and I learned how not to create rubber printing plates. It was a messy journey and I almost gave up on several occasions. But I documented every step, and I learned from every failure. I became determined.

In those early stages, I sought out techniques for creating rubber printing plates from this stuff, thinking that surely someone had done it before, but alas, no one had. Not only was I the first, but also I became an explorer in the wilderness. There was nothing on this. So threw myself completely into it.

A site with all my new work is coming, and I will post videos of the “flexible art” too. It’s been a journey, to be sure. This post seals the deal. I’m staking my claim as the first. But will I also be the last to make #flexsealart?


PS, I am not in any way associated with the Flexseal company, nor am I endorsed by them, but I would not mind it at all if they decided to. I have some really large works and ideas for this material.

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