slightly wonky

March 24, 2011, 12:51 pm
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I’m working again with pronto prints and my previous woodcut.  I’ve been scheming ways to make registration for the CMYK pronto prints work better.  My latest attempt may be good.  I managed to register the yellow and magenta layers.  Here they are:

I’m also experimenting with three types of paper.  The paper on the right is Arches 88, an unsized paper…very absorptive.  This isn’t such a great quality with the way that I’m doing these prints, as the area around the print gets wet from the plate, and this causes the surface of the paper to deform from the moisture.  Hmmm.  The other two papers are better in this regard, but I think that because they are sized and have more of a texture, they don’t take the ink as well.  Here’s a close up:

I also changed the halftone lines per inch, to make it less fine grain.  I have to balance clarity of printing (as pronto plates like distinct black/white), and clarity of image (fewer/larger dots=more abstract/blurry print).  Hmmm!  I think that the cyan layer, which I hope to do this weekend, will be revealing…

I am printing the woodcut on grey paper.  This is a heavy paper, unlike the fine Japanese papers in my previous post.  I have to let the first layer dry before putting on the second layer…I also switched inks again.  I know…I keep changing all of the variables!  I am quickly running out of space for all of these prints.  I need to devise some safe storage system.

There are some sparse snowflakes blowing around outside right now.  I really hope that they don’t amount to anything.  Maybe I should make some prints about snow angst?  The flakes are almost like white gnats bumping around…shoo!  Go away!  I’m tired of my boots/hat/gloves/scarf ensemble!  🙂


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