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Carborundum conundrum
March 11, 2011, 3:39 pm
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This week, we printed our carborundum collagraphs!  Very exciting.   Carborundum is a very fine grit, smaller than sand.   You mix it with an acrylic medium, to create a grainy gel.  Then, you put the grainy gel on your plate how you’d like.  The grains will hold ink, so that wherever you put this gel is what will be inked on your plate.  An added bonus to this process is that the carborundum is bumpy, and leaves a cool emboss on the paper.  It also allows one to get very dense, saturated color.  Here is how the two plates that I made looked on their own:

You can see the dense color on the print…this is where I applied carborundum to the plate.  I have also included a close up, so that you might be able to see the textured emboss:

Okay, maybe that’s too hard to see.  Here are other prints that I made with these plates:

So, I used black ink for these prints, but those black areas could be any color.  Of course, now that the plates have been printed with black ink…it’s kind of hard to change that.

I also printed again with the drypoint plates that I made earler.  You will likely recognize that from my previous posts where I used these drypoint plates:


Then, I printed the two plates together, with no other layers of ink:

I liked how they turned out…generally.  The two previous ones may be a bit “flat”, because of the textured/colorful background.  Hmmm…comments?  Perhaps they need some carborundum!

Here are two random prints with chine colle:

The first plate of the two began with a ghost print of the second print.  (a ghost print is when you reprint a plate, without adding new ink).

I also made more solarplate prints.  I was tired of using photographic images…they were a little flat, so I went back to directly marking on acetate to make the “negative” for these plates.  Please forgive my color choices…as I mentioned in a previous post, there was a serious shortage of red.  I know…that’s no excuse really.  I’m not fond of the all green one, but I like the one with purple:

I like those, and so I’ll keep trying to print them, to see how I can improve the layering.  Next time, I’m going to try to get the colors to be more transparent. 

And…last but not least…I did another color scheme of the Regent theater print.  I am going to submit this print with the other one to the local show.  Yes, I’m not sure if the ink will totally be dry by tomorrow am!  I wonder if I could speed up the drying with…a hairdryer?  A tanning bed?  Probably not.

What do you think?  Thumbs up?  Thumbs down?  I like how this Regent one turned out…even thought it may look as if it should have been a screenprint!


All over the map…
February 18, 2011, 3:01 pm
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I made quite a few prints this week!  It’s also been a lovely 55 degree day today.  I think that we’re all giddy with the warmth and sunshine.  It does feel wonderful to look up and feel the warm sun on your face and a fresh breeze…as opposed to biting wind and frigid air that makes your eyeballs ice over.

So…dabbling.  Lots of dabbling this week.  The prints are all over the map.

This week, I had a class with Debra Olin.  She was wonderful!  So talented and fun.  You can see her work here.  She showed us stencil work, and chine colle.  Chine colle is sort of like collage, but one typically puts the pieces of paper to be glued onto the print not directly ON the print, but on the plate instead.  When the plate is rolled through the press, the glue backed chine colle pieces adhere to the print.  Very cool!  I didn’t do much of it.  Here is one with a collaged piece:

The large square is another piece of inked paper stuck on the larger print.  Neat! 

Here are some things that I did with stencils:

These were fun to do.  I’m definitely going to play around with this stuff some more.

I also tried a collagraph.  I wasn’t thrilled with it.  I kept trying to rework it to improve it.  A collagraph is a plate where things are stuck onto it, and those things are inked and a print/emboss is made from them.  Here it is:

It looks like a circus.  Hmmm…

In my other printmaking class, I made a couple of solarplates.   I was pretty lukewarm about these.  Also, you will notice in the brown print that there is a whitish margin.  This is caused from the solarplate having a slightly curved edge, which allows light to seep in and make that mark.  GRRRRR…shoddy plates.  So, next time, I may try making a smaller image, and then cutting the plate edges, to hopefully get rid of this problem.  VERY frustrating.

See the whitish margin?  Frustrating.  I was excited to do solarplates, because of the photographic possibilities.  But, I haven’t yet done anything that I’m thrilled with.  Perhaps the fact that I’ve only been printing them with one color…

This last print is one that I did at home.  You’ll notice the sort of washed out look of it.  This is because I hand burnish it, as I don’t have a press.  I looks okay.  I always seem to encounter some registration problem.  I’m still happy with it, though.

So, what do you think?  Do you like any of these?  Throw them all out?  Keep them?

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