Last semester (spring 2009) our final project in class was a mono-printing project. That's where the long & narrow ninja prints are from. The ninja mask is a woodcut, and all the texture and color was created by hand on the piece of plexiglass. The words are made from letters cut out of tagboard.
Another experiment that I tried out (actually intended for inclusion in a bookmaking project) was Pronto plates. Our TA (and grad student) showed us how to use them, and they are super cheap (like less than $2 per plate). So I did these little cat drawings on the pronto plate with ballpoint pen. They turned out really cute! And I got a couple of good prints, but after that, the ink kept scumming up and it got all sticky and mucky. I'm not sure why - maybe the plate just couldn't stand up to the printing process. Here is one of my proofs:
Still looking into grad school; I really want to go for printmaking. But since I only have 2 semesters worth of experience, I'm a little worried that I won't get into the competitive program. I think I'm going to go out and buy a couple of wood blocks to carve and work on some more prints. I miss carving!