slightly wonky


It snowed…in April…
April 1, 2011, 3:54 pm
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Yes, you heard me right…snow.  The lawn is COVERED in it.  I want it to go away.  Now.

Trust me…everyone is moaning about it.

Today was not a super day at the studio.  It’s a new semester, and the studio is crowded…very crowded.  Not that I don’t want myself and everyone else to be there, but it’s just harder to work.  I think that there are around 14 students for one press.  This results in enormous printing queues, scrubbling for a workspace, lots of shuffling and squeezing around one another just to move about.  I’m using this as an excuse for my shoddy prints today.

This first print was a total disaster.  I had way too much transparent medium in the inks, and the ink itself was so sticky…I had a horrible time trying to wipe the plate.  So, here is the first mess:

See…I even made the picture tiny!  I’d like to make it disappear.  So, that was a bit disappointing.  THEN, I reinked the plate with a different type of ink, and got this:

Isn’t it fascinating that this is the exact same plate?  So different, right?  Well, still not good, but closer to what I wanted.  Then, I made this print with the other new plate:

(The photos are so dark, as it’s an overcast day.  It’s also raining/snowing out, so I can’t take my prints outside to photograph).  Anyway, this one was somewhat interesting, but the border is messy.  I need to file the edges of the plate.  They are rough, and impossible to clean.  I can imagine trying this one again, but with better colors.  Here is the last one, which is a ghost print on top of a ghost print:

This turned out okay.  Not thrilled with it.  I do like the texture that you can get from these carborundum collagraphs.  Here’s a detail:

Well…I don’t think that you can see the texture that well, but it’s there.  Overall, I didn’t feel thrilled with these.  It felt like an off day, as I started out with the purple mess.  I think that the prints did improve, but still just so-so and blah.

I showed my teacher the pronto print of the toy animals.  She was TOTALLY not impressed.  I think that her only comment was, “oh…you must have used multiple plates because you got all of these colors.”  Hmmm.  I’m still going to keep doing these halftone pronto prints, as I think that they’re kind of neat.  Maybe she’ll like the flower one that I’m working on…

Any helpful comments about today’s prints?  Suggestions?  Likes?  Dislikes?  Who here is sick of snow?  Who here wants a trip to Miami?  Bermuda?  Somewhere without snow…Alabama?  Hmmm…

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