In the (new) minu Print Studio #1

If you didn’t print for a while it is very likely that your first attempt might not work out the way you planned. Especially if you start in a new printing environment. So I successfully procrastinated my first print session in the studio until today. (Plus I only found the spokes for  my printing press yesterday… in a box labelled ‘bits and bobs’… *sigh.)

Anyway! Today was the day and what better than to print some Wolfs.

Printing Wolfs – 3 colour drypoint in one go.

1) Set-up workspace and review notes (precondition: you actually took notes during the proofs or first part of the edition ^_^…)

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2) Set-up press (based on said notes…)

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3) Paper needs to go into water

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4) Dab ink onto plate

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5) Wipe (dirty gauze one per colour… it’s not a wipe as such, it’s more to make sure the ink sticks in the groves)

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6) Phone book wipe

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6) Final wipe using clean gauze (not in picture… must have fallen to the floor… I used one, I swear)

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7) Line up on press (do not forget to clean cover!) and cover with dampened paper (damp, not soaking wet!)

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8) Run through press and lift paper off.

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9) Dry prints.

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10) Clean-up mess

See! That wasn’t so hard, so what was all the fuss about?

^_^…

 

3 Responses to “In the (new) minu Print Studio #1”

  1. Jo Anne says:

    Hello!
    I’ve been following you for quite some time now (on and off), and only now realized that you used plexiglass instead of zinc or copper plates. May I ask how thick the plexiglass you are using is?
    Thanks! :)

  2. minu says:

    Hi Jo, I use 2mm Perspex or 1 mm PET sheets. The PET sheet gives you a nice soft drypoint line, the Perspex gives you a sharp precise line (almost like an etching). The PET sheets can be corrected by burnishing and polishing, the Perspex is very unforgiving, so you have to be very careful with scratches : ). Ta, minu

  3. Kristen says:

    Hello,
    Could you share what types of ink you use? I am an art teacher and trying to figure out how I could adapt your process for use in my 5th-8th grade classroom.
    Thank you!
    Kristen

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