And finally ……….
Deb posted a very helpful tip on my last blog post regarding printing on pre-soaked paper. So today I’ve spent the day looking into that. Along with some helpful comments from my tutor, who I wrote to for advice on improving my results, I’ve made some quite large changes to my working practice.
Keeping my oil paints thicker and more sticky, I worked on my design using paint brushes for the tulip and a rag to lightly add a little background here and there. I’m the first to admit I’m not the greatest painter in the world so improving my brushwork is important to me.
I soaked some 145gsm bamboo paper for about 15 minutes, towel dried it and put the design & paper through the press. I also reduced the press pressure.
However, the first thing I noticed (nothing wrong with the print itself) was that I had accidentally left the inner petal light when, of course, it was in shadow and should have been darker.
Left – the plate after printing. Middle – the first print. Right – the ghost print. Unfortunately I’ve made the inner petal a bit too long in this drawing but the shadowing is better. It’s surprisingly hard to accurately assess when you are working on a clear plate. Lots of things to take note of.
I also decided to put on a couple of ferns as a resist. Hard to see on the photo but this close-up gives a bit of an idea. They have also nicely embossed the paper a little. The resist shaping would have been better if I had made the ink a bit thicker instead of dabbing it on lightly. The green might then have shown between some of the small fronds.
The main print was on 85gsm mulberry paper and the ghost on the 145gsm bamboo paper. Both were pre-soaked.
Finally, I’m getting somewhere.