6. Place your printing plate, paint side down, onto your paper. With one hand, hold the plate in place so it does not move, then use the back of a spoon to press the plate all over against the paper.
7. Lift your plate carefully off the paper.
8. To print again, re-ink your plate!
After creating your print, consider the following questions:
- What steps did you enjoy during the process?
- What challenges did you experience?
- If you could do this project all over again, what would you do differently? The same? Why?
We would love to see what you create! Email pictures of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on any social media platform with #deyoungsters and #thedeyoungopen.
Manuel “Fases” Ruelas is a Mexican artist, graduated in fine arts from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. His work is influenced by the aesthetic inherited from the TGP “Taller de Gráfica Popular,” and German Expressionism, and he mixes them with references to pre-Hispanic art and popular culture. Ruelas is founder and director of Barranca Gráfica, an art gallery, art residences, and an independent artist’s printmaking studio, specializing in fine arts and printmaking. Based in Oakland and Mexico City, Ruelas directs the Barranca Gráfica studio and gallery.
Artista mexicano, graduado en Bellas Artes por la Universidad de Guadalajara. Su trabajo está influenciado por la estética heredada del TGP “Taller de Gráfica Popular”, el expresionismo alemán, y la mezcla con referencias del arte prehispánico y la cultura popular cotidiana. Fundador y director de Barranca Gráfica, una galería de arte, residencias de arte y estudio de grabado de artista independiente, especializada en bellas artes y grabado. Actualmente radica en Oakland y Cd. de México, dirigiendo el taller-galería Barranca Gráfica.
Learn more about Manuel “Fases” Ruelas and his work.
- Manuel “Fases” Ruelas, Resistiendo, 2020. Acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 40 x 1.5 in. (152.4 x 101.6 x 3.81 cm). © Manuel Ruelas Fases
- José Guadalupe Posada, Gran Mole de Calaveras (Grand Stew of Calaveras) as reprinted on p. 180 of the Monografía, 1930. Relief etching on zinc, sheet: 13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (33.9 x 22.3 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1963.30.16360. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- José Guadalupe Posada, La Calavera Catrina (Calavera of the Fashionable Lady), 1913. Relief etching on zinc, 13 11/16 x 9 15/16 in. (34.7 x 25.2 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of George Hopper Fitch, 1983.1.60. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- Process photographs by Manuel “Fases” Ruelas