Month: December 2015

Transparent Ink For Greater Tonal Gradation

One of my technical goals with the printmaking is to strategically use overlapping transparent inks to create a rich set of tones from a few plates. In this next exercise I’m cheating (or just making it easier on myself) by choosing a set of colors that will behave well even […]

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Precision

As I dial in each part of the printmaking process, it reveals other parts that need work. Now that I’ve created a system for registering my blocks, I can see that the blocks themselves aren’t always square. It’s my own fault. To save on time, I used the table saw […]

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Printmaking Studio Infrastructure

Yesterday I took a day off from printmaking to take advantage of a craigslist posting. An engineering company in Medford was selling off their flat files as part of their transition to a paperless office. The one that I chose is disassembled in the middle, in preparation for moving it. […]

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First Color Separation, In Practice

Here’s a quick review of the goal for this project, a simple image (by today’s photographic standards) with some semblance of shading and color. [Color Separation Simulation] [Separate Plates] Here are the four blocks that I carved to print this image. (You’ll notice that the grey one is significantly different. […]

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First Color Separation, In Theory

Now that I’ve got a registration system to print multiple passes in the correct location on the page, it’s time to take it up a notch. The style that I want to foster is one that uses a lot of color, carefully registered. For today’s test, I’m going to attempt […]

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Filofax Registration Jig Results

I woke up this morning excited to test my new registration jig. My hopes were crushed, however, when the first thing I did was to ruin the pegs on my first jig. I ran it through the press with a Masonite blanket (more on that later) and the pressure set […]

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Filofax Punch Registration Jig

Today I started the process of developing a very accurate registration jig. It’s based on a hole punch left over from the days before smart phones. I was obsessive about my Filofax organizer, printing my own custom pages and punching them to fit it. The point of a registration system […]

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Baby Press Unboxing And Tests

Yay, I bought a press! Yes, it’s a tiny one, called a “Baby Press”. Laugh all you like. I promise to only press paper and inked things, no babies. The arrival had me on pins and needles. Yesterday I received four separate packages. They contained the press bed and three […]

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Registration Jig Results

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post about building a jig to test a type of registration where the paper is lined up in one corner and the block is lined up in the opposite corner. [block and paper in the jig] I found some pretty serious requirements of this […]

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Registration Jig

While I’ve been getting great results from the single-pass printing designs that I’ve been doing, I really want to be able to express myself with more complex designs. The reason I was learning about transparent ink is so that I can design art with multiple layers. Well, when printing multiple […]

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