Since the monotype workshop last week I’ve been practicing my printing techniques, right from preparing the inks, through to rolling on the work space, rolling ink onto the lino and preparing and printing through my press. Things have improved enormously and this has led me to revisit project 6 and print new sets of samples from my shell and shoe lino cuts. I’m a little stressed about time passing but see no value in moving forward without ensuring I’ve done the best I can in this assignment with my new knowledge.
Herewith my new prints. All inks have been mixed with extender medium and all prints have gone through the press.
Left: Arches 88 300gsm, damp. Ultramarine blue. Not good, the paper retained way too much water and wouldn’t towel dry. The ink has pooled and even now when dry it has damp looking marks where the ink has been absorbed unevenly. Right: Canson 220gsm drawing paper, dry. Ghost print.
There’s a slight jump when the press roller leaves the end of the lino and the print edge sometimes slips a little. This is evident on the last print above right.
Left & Right: Arches 250gsm, damp. Ultramarine blue + napthol scarlet + quinacridone red. Very average prints. I don’t think the paper was soaked long enough and the roller (still waiting for my new better quality one to arrive) simply wouldn’t deposit the colour evenly. I was trying to get a more translucent feel by using 25% ink + 75% extender, so any rolling unevenness shows very strongly.
Left & Right: Somerset 250gsm, damp. The previous green mix was placed on 2/3 of the rolling area and chrome yellow hue on the other 1/3. These were then rolled and semi overlapped together to create a two-tone print. The prints have been done identically. I’m pleased that the second print has maintained an excellent colour gradation.
Above: 220gsm Canson drawing paper, dry. Ghost print of final image. I’m particularly pleased with this as it demonstrates how well my press is picking up the ink and depositing it on my damp paper, thereby leaving nothing for a second print. It also shows that my much thinner ink layer on the rolling plate is working well and I’m not now putting too much on the lino which could spoil the crisp images.
On all the shell prints in particular there is a slightly uneven look to the colour across the surface. It’s nothing to do with the press pressure and all to do with my roller. The new one should be here any day now.
By making some small adjustments I’ve managed to get rid of the small roller jump which spoils the final print edge and, as can be seen from the last few shell prints, I’m now achieving crisp, sharp edging to all the prints.
Huge learning curve and major steps forward over the last few days.