Month: January 2016

Jig Trouble

Beginner’s luck, that’s what I’m calling my last month of success with the registration jig. I’ve pulled hundreds of impressions with fantastic registration and no problems. [Jig and print] Well, that run came to an end today. I decided to try cranking up the press tension 1/4 of a millimeter. […]

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First Test With Cobalt Drier

Yahoo! My shipment of printmaking chemicals arrived today, chief among them the cobalt drier that I couldn’t wait to try. Here is the first layer of the first test… [Transparency gradient test] When you look up close at the last four prints, you can see that I experienced my first […]

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Local Pigments: Diversion or Time Investment

I really am trying to avoid “rabbit holes” while I develop the new printmaking business. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a diversion and the development of a personal style. This next little project is right on the edge. The mountainous area where I live is rich in […]

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Ink Layering, More Learning

Remember how I learned about drying one ink layer before printing the next one? Well, what I haven’t learned yet is how to tell if the previous layers are dry. In past experiments I baked the prints in a toaster oven and let them sit for 24 hours. In this […]

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Marketable Experiments, Semi-Scientific Method

Weeks ago I stopped trying to produce the kind of art that I want to produce in order to focus on learning the basic qualities of my ink. I think I’ve finally got a decent enough grasp of those basics that I can start producing work with some level of […]

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Business Development Outline

I know I’m a little late for an introspective New Year post, but it is the time for me to plan out the year. This year is going to be a bit different since I’ll be spending half of my time developing a new business and the other half running […]

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More Experimentation: Transparency

So, I still feel like I have a lot of basics to cover before I’m ready to really start designing and producing artwork that’s even sort of under my control. Since there is a lot of drying time required for each layer of these tests, I’ve begun the next experiment […]

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Homemade Bench Hook

It’s funny how a simple tool can make such a big difference. I’ve been leaning the blocks against the edge of the ink slab to roll them. The angle was awkward and the height of the glass meant that I kept getting ink on the edge and besmirching the color […]

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Ink Layering: Does Drying Help?

I think I’m starting to get my head wrapped around the difficulties that I have with making an ink opaque enough to cover the inks below it. This is kind of a prerequisite to controlling the transparency in order to create complex tones from just a few plates. The key […]

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Ink Layering: Further Explorations

I should name this post “the more I learn the more I need to learn”. If you remember, last week I was trying to jump in feet first and try to produce some artwork using layered oil-based lithography inks (Hanco) to create new tones. In that experiment, I realized that […]

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