Month: April 2016

Ink Problems, Plate Drying Box

I guess this is the week that my beginner’s luck runs out. Remember how I’ve been printing color plates one after another for months, changing colors at whim? Usually, if I switch from a dark color to a light color I only need to pull a couple of prints before […]

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New double-ended jig

When I last showed you the printing process, I was having a problem – since my jig was too short I was rolling over the plates in both directions. Going forward, the plate was prevented from slipping by being pushed into the corner of the jig. On the way back, […]

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Earth-based Pigment Progress

It’s been a little while since I posted the progress from my hand-processed, earth-based pigment project. After my trip to the coast a few weeks back, I created a flurry of pigment powders from the stones that I found. [Finished pigment powders] Then I finalized the details of a residency […]

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Spotless Paper Tearing Surface

Handling paper for printmaking requires impeccable cleanliness. Smudges are easy to come by, especially in a studio that uses something as color-rich and sticky as slow-drying oil-based ink. [Pretty plywood with wet shellac] While the printmaking studio shares the space with a wood shop, a weaving studio, and a sewing […]

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New Press: Why I Maxed Out A Credit Card To Get It

[Big, New Press] Last week I posted about a new press that came into my studio, but I didn’t talk at all about how I paid for it, how I made the decision, or what it means for the future. I don’t talk much about money, and I’m afraid that […]

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Fixing Gouges, Slipping plates

On day two of split fountain tests, two problems came up. First, I managed to gouge the surface of one of the plates during cleanup yesterday. I let the remnants of ink dry overnight before I attempted a repair. The fix is pretty simple – apply a couple of coats […]

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Interlocking Geometry, Split Fountain

After lots of other advances in the printmaking studio, it’s time to sit down and do what I came here for – woodblock printing. I’ve had some time to integrate many of the things that I saw at SGCI and now, with a bigger, better press, I’m ready to start […]

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New Paper Size

Do you ever wonder why service companies charge a “setup charge” when you ask them to do something that they haven’t done before? Here’s a little insight into the tasks associated with something as simple as changing paper size. So, I decided last week that I would start designing medium-sized […]

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Rubber Press Blanket

One of the tips that I learned from Heather at Whiteaker Printmakers in a private lesson with her is that I can get fantastic embossing on woodblock prints by using discarded press blankets from the local newspaper. I went down to The Daily Courier to see if they had any […]

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Press Template

This is the first of a series of posts that will talk about the setup and learning curve on a new piece of equipment. It’s a pretty steep one, but I’m climbing it quickly. The Whelan press is different from any press I’ve ever seen. First, it has a stationary […]

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