An Investigation into the Use of Cement-based Materials: as Alternative Printmaking Substrates

By Catarina Figueiredo Marques, Luís Pedro Esteves and Maria Graciela Cabral Machado.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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The work presented in this paper reports on the possibility of using fine arts printmaking techniques to print images onto cement-based materials. Fine arts printmaking studio methods, such as etching, lithography, and relief, are tried on concrete plates. These methods are based on a direct transfer of matter as they use ink. For each printmaking technique, several combinations of different types of matrix, vehicle, and substrate (base-material) formulations were tested. The project involved more than 80 experiments with different printing solutions. Results demonstrated that a few techniques can be successfully used to permanently reproduce detailed photographic and drawn images onto a cement-based material substrate. With the development of this basic knowledge over the technical performance obtained with each technique, it was possible to develop a more profound artistic concept. The design of the substrate was adjusted to meet specific artistic requirements, bringing together the boundaries of art and material sciences in this multidisciplinary project.

Keywords: Printmaking, Concrete, Image-Transfer

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2015, pp.21-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.750MB).

Catarina Figueiredo Marques

Postgraduate Student, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Dr. Luís Pedro Esteves

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Porto Engineering Institute, Portugal

Dr. Maria Graciela Cabral Machado

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, Portugal