Waffle Series Pronto Prints

Chicken & Waffles, Pronto Plate Print, 8 x 10″, 2021.

This is another pronto plate series I printed during my spring printing class at the Des Moines Art Center. The inspiration comes from my family’s love of eating waffles and our recent addition of a flock of ten hens for egg-laying purposes.

My work station.

I started with a printing the waffles. Pronto plate is a modern take on lithography – one starts with a drawing using permanent marker on special pronto paper. Then, you wet the paper with a sponge. Next, you roll your lithography ink over the inked drawing. Repeat wetting the paper and rolling the ink until the ink covers the ink drawing. At that point, the plate is ready to be run through the printing press and onto wet printmaking paper.

After the waffle images dried, I was ready for the second layer. I chose the same dark blue for the waffle and the chicken, so I would save time not cleaning up between colors (work smarter, not harder).

I marked on my plate where I wanted to the chicken to overlap the waffle and ran half my waffles through with chickens and eggs on top.

I ran the other half of my waffles through with mulberries & mulberry syrup on top. As a kid, we always ate homemade mulberry syrup on our pancakes and waffles. This color blue was perfect for the color of ripe mulberries!


Published by Chelsea

Art teacher by day. Mother of 2 - day and night. Thrifter, crafter, artist, baker, chef, and DIYer in free time.

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