Monday, February 07, 2011

Lizard Lifeboat house

At the weekend, I spent time setting up the printing press and positioning the engraved block, ready for a print run. Fortunately, today I had to wait for some sketches to be approved from my illustration job, so I decided to use the time and get on and do some printing.

Although I had feared this block would be difficult to print, given it's size and the unforgiving areas of black, I'm pleased to say it went well. I always lay a few sheets of thin paper and/or card between the paper on the block and the press roller, so that by adding the odd sheet, or taking it away I can adjust the pressure and therefore fine tune the darkness of the print. For this print, I added 3 small torn scraps of paper in addition to the rest of the overlay. These small scraps were positioned over the uncut area of the sea. This area would need the extra pressure to print a satisfying black without putting too much pressure on the finely cut areas. I also rolled more ink onto that area of the block as uncut wood is greedy and needs a good layer of ink. That said, I'm not averse to a little paper texture showing, if it suits the print, but too little ink makes a grey print and that's no good at all.

(Apologies for the watermarked name on the image above.)

9 comments:

Gretel said...

You really have a unique and lovely style of work now, so that I'd recognise an engraving of yours even if I didn't know it was by you! Good for you putting a watermark on, have cheeky blighters been downloading your work?

Jan said...

Another great one Sue, as Gretel says, your work is very distinctive in style.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

A great print Sue, love those boat shapes. Lesley x

acornmoon said...

I am very happy to have found your blog. I can see I have much to learn about printmaking. It is so interesting to see all the preparation that goes into the engraving too.

fhiona galloway said...

this is fantastic Sue! Love it!

Ed. said...

This is amazing. I just found your blog and couldn't bookmark it fast enough. I love your art.

Sue said...

Cheers, everyone! I'm really pleased with this one.

Simon Clarke said...

Thanks so much, this is really beautiful work! I discovered this print through your blog, and just have to express my admiration and excitement at your delicate and glowing style. And - that trick of adding sheets to adjust the pressure, and especially the small torn scraps for black areas: that's genius! I'm so excited to try it myself.

Sue said...

Thanks, Simon. I'm so glad you like the print. :-)