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Most etching presses are out of my price range, but somebody’s got a ceramic slab roller on craigslist that’s pretty affordable. Thanks
Hi! I hand printed some totebags I got online, the fabric is really sturdy and slightly textured. I did it about a week ago and I went on to pack them today and the ink is transferring everywhere? Like it’s still wet?
If I iron the designs would it help? I used this ink
Hi All! I'm new to printmaking. From my research, a lot of printing (for sale) is on Japanese printmaking paper which seems very lightweight (to me). There is Kitakata 35gsm, Kozuke 65gsm etc . . . which is good for hand burnishing (because the paper is light and absorbent?) . I assume if you have a machine to press, then heavier weight paper can be used.
What are the reasons for using light weight paper? Are they only good for one layer? I just bought the two types I mentioned above so I can try it.
Hi, I am just starting out my journey of blockprinting, I don't have a lot of money, so I am trying to find some cheap options for blockprinting inks. Do you know any inks that can be bought online? (I live in a very small EU country so everything in retail stores is way overpriced) Any help would be much appreciated and thank you in advance!
So I've just started an art course (only a level 7 but we will get there!) and my first module is Print. We will be starting with drypoint and then moving on to copper/acid etching.
I was wondering if anyone would have any tips/good websites and/or resources to help me gain some footing? I feel lost. I have NEVER done print or anything like it. Its cool but I'm naturally intimidated. I love DIY hacks too and think alternative methods to things can be interesting, too. I've heard of people using nails as scribes for drypoint. Is there any other cool techniques or tools you've found produce interesting patterns and marks? I've heard of diamond tipped ones, too.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance!
Yo, I’ve been printing out some stuff to use for gel mono printing but it’s not transferring very well. I used 80gsm uncoated paper, black only, which I’m guessing just absorbed the toner too much. I’m going to try gloss, so the toner sits more on top of the medium, but unless I overprint multiple times I’m not sure it will be enough? I don’t have a home laser printer, I’m using an office/commercial printer. Any advice on paper/printing is appreciated :)
I’m looking to trying making two-colour prints using Cranfield’s oil-based metallic inks, but I’m unsure about layering that over water-based ink (I’m planning on using my existing black Speedball ink).
Is this safe to do? Should I use black oil-based instead and layer the good over that? Or will the gold oil-based be fine on black water-based? Does the order I print them in matter?
hey - I was wondering if y'all have seen any red-blue style 3D relief prints.
I was thinking it'd be kind of cool to do. But unsure of how it actually works so I've got some research to do. But would love to see any examples and hear your thoughts.
This is the block I got and I'm just wondering if I can use it for printmaking/woodcut. Do I need to coat the wood in anything before I do it? I don't have any shellac. Is there an alternative to shellac?
I can tell I didn't use enough pressure (need to find more books!) and that some water stuck around when I was cleaning up the ink overage, but overall I'm very happy with it!
When I've made screenprints in the past instead of doing photo transfer or anything I've just painted my design directly on the silkscreen using screen filler/blocking fluid. probably not the most efficient way but I like the process.
My question is whether it would work just as well to use a thick acrylic paint in place of blocking fluid, since it dries permanent and plastic-like I'd think it would work just as well. Has anyone tried this?
This is the first linocut design I've done in a few months!
Lino cut / print of one of the old Bullring Bull Sculptures. All 4 were lost when the area was redeveloped in the early 00's.
hi! I really like the look and feel of a thin mulberry paper that I’ve been buying from blick. I’d love to sell prints at some local markets but I don’t know how to display them or how to package them once sold…
Do you put your thin paper prints in something to keep them from getting wrinkled/torn? Does sturdiness of the paper affect your pricing at all? Any other general tips you have for local markets?