Printmaking is underway

All set to go

So, the last two weeks I have been busy making plates, mostly out of old Bristol board cut-offs. I made around 12 in all and varnished them twice with yacht varnish and one day I came in and cut the paper, got the chip shop paper and tissue paper ready and yesterday and today I’ve actually been printing.

I forgot how mentally tiring it is, and after 4 hours I’ve had it, then I remember that clearing up will take almost an hour…however it’s great to be printing once more, after a three-year gap.

One of the things I like the most about printing is that you never know how it’s going to look until you peel the backing paper off, then lift up one corner and there it is – the glistening wet print. Some of the plates you make turn out badly, and others you thought would not be much good turn out to be the most interesting, but that’s the fun of it.

I experimented with using rollers and rubber wipers to see which worked the best, and on reflection, I think the rollers are as good and a lot quicker.


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