Thursday, October 18, 2012

More Fun With Print Making

Two posts ago I told you about experimenting with print making.  At that time I had three prints that I was going to hand colour with watercolours and then over print in black ink.  Well... they're done!... and I'm excited to show you how they turned out.


Peaceful green and blue-greens...


The warmth of the late day near sun-down...


Icy cool blues...

Three different versions - different moods.  Which one do you like best...??

If the last one (the all blue one) looks a bit blurry, don't run out and get your vision checked.  When I over printed it with black ink I didn't pay quite enough attention to making sure the plate was going to accurately line up with the grey lines previously printed.  Oops...!!  You can see the grey lines showing a little above the black lines in the picture below...


So, good lesson learned... check v-e-r-y carefully before overprinting to make sure you have everything lined up as closely to the original printing as you can!

Other than that little glitch, I think my experiment with hand colouring and over printing went quite well.  I'd like to try more printing and learn some new carving techniques.  So many thing to try... so little time!  lol...

In an earlier post I wrote about the fun I was having with pearlescent paints.  Unfortunately it does not show up so well in these pictures, but I used some pearlescent paints on the top of the mountain to try and create the idea of sun glistening off snow.

And I thought I'd share pictures with you of what the printing "plates" look like.

This is what the whole plate looked like before I cut the sky away.  The black parts are the uncarved parts that pick up the paint when the inked brayer (roller) is rolled over the print, and those are the parts that press the ink onto the paper when you lay paper over the plate and press down on the paper.


And this is my plate now - cut in two, so I can print the sky separately or not print it at all if I want to leave a blank area to hand colour (like in the three prints I hand coloured).  Notice that everything on the plate is reversed from the finished print?  You have to account for the reversed image when you are planning how you want to carve your image.  : )


Here is a view of the side of the "plate" - you'll see that in some placed I gouged a bit deeply into the rubbery material.  Good thing it was thick!  Practice would help me make more uniform cuts.

Other than that, I've been playing with my watercolour pencils again.  I bought some Derwent "Inktense" pencils and I'm loving the beautiful rich colour I get when I wash coloured areas with water.  Next post I'll show you what I've been working on...  (don't you love 'cliff hangers'...?? lol...)

I hope you're making time for some creativity in your life - it's a great stress buster!
: ) Fern

9 comments:

  1. Hi Fern! Love the pinky-peach one the very best...but they are ALL wonderful! Thanks for such a great, detailed explanation. You are so brave to try this..and so inspiring!

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  2. Christine BrassingtonOctober 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    You're so talented Fern!! ♥ your work!!

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  3. Wonderful! I love it! I always enjoy seeing what happens behind the scenes!

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  4. I like the top one best, but I would like it even without the wash. It is a beautiful print. You could print it with different colors of ink, too. Brown?
    I am curious about the over-printing. Is that necessary? I have done some prints but never done a wash with them...it seems like the ink would be a 'resist' and the original print would still be clear. I can't imagine getting the 2nd printing to line up! I think I would just try to 'color inside the lines' if the print were compromised by the wash.
    The blocks I've done were lino on a wood block. What you are using seems softer, like a rubber eraser. Did you like the product? The linocuts were hard and it was easy to lose control with force.






















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  5. I like the top one best, but I would like it even without the wash. It is a beautiful print. You could print it with different colors of ink, too. Brown?
    I am curious about the over-printing. Is that necessary? I have done some prints but never done a wash with them...it seems like the ink would be a 'resist' and the original print would still be clear. I can't imagine getting the 2nd printing to line up! I think I would just try to 'color inside the lines' if the print were compromised by the wash.
    The blocks I've done were lino on a wood block. What you are using seems softer, like a rubber eraser. Did you like the product? The linocuts were hard and it was easy to lose control with force.

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  6. I can't choose! Then again, I like the blue one with the little 'flaw'. I actually like that double printed effect!
    Thanks for showing the cut out plate too, how clever to cut of the sky part so you can print it seperately or leave it out at all!
    Wonderful.

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  7. Whew, looks complicated but I love it! I'm partial to the first one though I'm really being pulled by the pinkish sky in the second one. Great job Fern!
    Bobbie

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  8. Fern, I love them all too. The first and third have a little more depth and the second a little more passion. I wonder what adding a little inktense pencil over them would look like. Thanks for your great explanations so nicely presented.

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  9. I love the blues! Nice to see lino cuts!

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