Friday, April 24, 2009

Tiger & Sloth -- New Ink 8-]

Made In the Shade 4"x6"

Woo and hoo! 8-] Success finally. I ordered some new ink -- Akua intaglio (also good for woodcuts) -- and it just came this morning. I've been printing up a storm (hopefully not for real, as it's quite overcast out there today).
;- j

I love Akua ink! It stays wet forever (hopefully not on the print!). I was able to print close to 20 prints today and probably could have gone on longer but I got pooped.
I haven't taken any pics on my own press yet -- a Griffin -- so I took a couple today. Doesn't really show the press. Oh well, I'll get around to that. But I can't keep using the old printmaking class press shots when I put something up on Etsy.

And here's a shot of my drying rack. It's still on the floor, but I'll eventually have it up on my paper safe (currently "safely" stored under my work table and hence unaccessable).

I haven't gotten around to organizing my print studio after I moved my weaving studio out and into what used to be our son's bedroom. (He still hasn't moved all of his junque out of the house, but at least it's out of my weaving studio!)

My I'm chatty today. Must be all the happy I got from all that production.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tiger & Sloth

Made In the Shade 4"x6"
First prints. Very uneven. Having trouble with either the ink or the pressure on the press. Probably both. Some days just don't go smoothly. But I've made a start. It'll get there.
I think the runners along the sides of the press bed (long thin pieces of plywood to lift the roller to the height of the block) are compressing. They make these occasional cracking noises (better them than the block!). I may need to replace them or augment them somehow.
Or maybe there's a difference in the height of the current block from previous ones. They don't look any different, but maybe it's slight. At any rate, I have to work on that some before I print again. The last block I printed wasn't so uneven.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tiger & Sloth test print

Here's the test print. Not too bad. Maybe a couple lines need a little more definition.
I showed it to Kitty and Kurt. They liked it. Kitty wants 50 prints! Hoo-boy. I'd better get busy. (She actually needs 150, but she's going to print up some copies on Lulu to hand out to the rest of her court.) That's a big court!