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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / lake scene linocut again..this time using my car as a printing press!!-Tutorial on: July 19, 2013 06:13:10 AM
Materials needed:
Thick paper
Two pieces of board
Ink and roller
A car.

the weather is fabulous in Ireland, shorts and tee weather, which is not often said about an Irish summer, and while the sun has not gone to my head..It is perfect weather to print with your car...

yes, you read that correctly. I printed with my car.

This post, the bottom image, shows the effect when burnishing with a spoon, using paper, but I wasn't happy, it was bothering me, for two reasons, The image needed tidying up as I wasn't keen on how the sky looked, but the bigger issue was that I don't have a printing press and burnishing an image of this size just wasn't working out...

I have spent all morning googling making printing presses, they are all too large for the space that I have available and a bit too big of an undertaking when I would only use it once in a blue moon, In the back of my head I had remembered something about printing with a car, there is a good youtube video of this (which I now cannot find!), but using what looks like a woodcut, rather than a lino cut...

nothing ventured, nothing gained, I have a car, I don't have a printing press. So it was time to cobble something together..

I glued the lino block onto a thin piece of ply, but that exhausted the supply of ply, scratching my head, I found an old plastic chopping board, thick and robust. To minimise movement of the paper, I hinged the two together with ducttape (McGyyver has nothing on me!)

so if you plan on doing this, a couple of sheets of plywood will be perfect, it would be even better if you had both a hinge and a lip at the bottom to register the sheets of paper on.

The stack for printing is board+linocut, paper, two blankets to pad it out a little, these were cut from an old woollen blanket, I tried with both one and two layers and it didn't make much difference.

The sequence for printing is, ink your linocut (this would work with a wood engraving I think) place your paper down on top, rub it gently to allow it to stick a bit to the ink.

Put one or two blankets on top (I tried both one and two didn't seem to make much of a difference, but I was  using thick paper, thinner paper will need the extra protection of both blankets)

Carefully lower the top half of the 'press'

Then get your car.

put the press, hinge side towards the front wheel (I guess the bigger the car and wider tyres would be a distinct advantage here. My car is little.

Slowly reverse, when you are on the stack hold the car there for a few seconds. Then off. Don't drive back over it, because the hinge will be in the wrong location with respect to the movement of the car and you will likely shift the paper and smear the image.

The results...well this was the first one, and I learned that seeing as it is a fairly wide image, I needed to go over it more than once, the darker side is where the tyre was. So A few successive passes with the car was needed.

This one is the one that I am happy with, this had six passes with the car, ie place, reverse, get out, place, reverse, etc etc..I went over it three times across the width and then repeated these three again. The image was not absolutely perfect, but when touched up, this is what it looks like, There is a small bit of blurring of the image, but I feel that it adds to the dynamism of the work.

happy to have this image, I have been asked to submit a piece of work to an exhibition, the theme is water, so this will be perfect once dry and framed..

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / lino cut..this time as a print and as a tee-shirt..lake scene on: July 03, 2013 09:44:20 AM
well this was a big one to cut out...it took ages..anyone handy at massage??

a boat on a lake, half moon...some issues with the design and layout of this, I had originally put a swan flying across the sky, but it didn't work...the constellation cygnus is in there instead...

I tried block printing medium with black oil paint..it only served to remind me that a) I need a press for prints and b) why I hate to work with anything that is not water soluble..

I tried a second time with my old trusty speedball screen printing inks, which made me much happier, re: the clean up, but not so much re the lack of press...

so I had a go at printing onto fabric, tee-shirts this time..now we're talking..this time it prints well, the fabric clings to the paint and it is easier to transfer...

still a few issues to iron out..I put the fabric onto the linocut, as it is a bit big and bendy..I suspect that would work so much better if I mounted the block onto wood, to keep it flat..and then print directly onto fabric that is stretched onto a table... these tee-shirts have smudging on the edges, which I am not happy with...but they are good enough for a first attempt...
 these are the two tee-shirts that I did

and a close up of the image quality on the tee

this is the image on paper...I am a little too close to the work and can see the flaws..but in general I am happy with it so far..

I'd welcome any suggestions about ironing out some of the problems above (I am aware that ironically using an iron would have helped!..lol)
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Feathers for saturday...more lino cuts on fabric on: June 15, 2013 09:34:13 AM
So today was feathers, i cut 5 different ones to allow for varied arrangements...

this is on some fabric I tie-dyed a million years ago.

and a close up

this was on a coarse fabric, so there is a lot of texture in the prints

dense patterned one.

and a totally different arrangement, the ink was starting to run out, but I kept printing as I liked the kind of greyscale effect that was happening.

Time to tear myself away and scrub up, date with pizza and a concert tonight...
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / fine lino cutting tools needed...help? on: June 15, 2013 02:56:37 AM
I have as set of standard lino cutters, this kind... http://painting.about.com/od/makingartgicleeprints/ss/lino-printing_3.htm

but they are really not fine enough for some proper detail, so I have two questions..

is it possible to get really fine lines with lino?

and if so, where can I get cutters to make finer lines....or do you use something completely different?

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / friday mushrooms, lino cut fabric print (plus cocktails!) on: June 14, 2013 10:32:35 AM
Cocktail friday..which generated mushrooms...

so I have been having such fun...oh how I love lino cuts. I saw this and tried to reproduce it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tyr_stockholm/8620041338/ but my skills are not that good and my lino cutters are rubbish, they are too coarse (where I can get some fine ones???)

anyway the chanterelle mushrooms looked awful but I kept going, but once I had them printed on fabric I LOVED them!!

this is a close up, I cut all three separately so I can use them individually.

this was/is! my friday..

I made more!!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Blank (ish) journal, with prompts & backgrounds, coptic bound (image indulgent) on: May 25, 2013 01:58:09 PM
Front cover,

inside the front cover

and many pages from inside!
flamingo fabric, from my recent lino cut/fabric printing obsession

I bound in some envelopes made of pretty paper to take odds and ends that I didn't want to stick down

more lino cut prints

right throughout the book I have bound in these very narrow 'pages' these are sewn in and like this tag, it will allow me stick in new pages into the book as they can be stuck directly onto the little 'pages

inky fingers!

heart shaped buttons!

inside the back cover, image printed onto vintage ladies magazine
and the back cover (this stencil and the front cover from Ed Roths new stencil book)
the bulk of the lettering including on the back, is freehanded..

comments ??
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I made a bag from the fabric that I printed yesterday..flamingos! on: May 01, 2013 10:49:34 AM

I cut a lino block to print this fabric, that has it's own thread..here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423172.msg5028448#msg5028448

the green is a vintage sheet, I had barely enough for this bag!..but I like it, it makes me smile.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / anatomical hearts this time, lino cuts on paper and fabric on: May 01, 2013 07:22:28 AM
This was fun..not as silly as the flamingos, a little more serious!...and a lot more time consuming to cut...ouch my back!...

The hearts are approx 5 inches high..

Edit:..I couldn't leave it alone..so I overprinted this one in red..I freehanded it in terms of registration because I wanted it to be looser...

I printed the first few onto paper

and then onto fabric...the fabric was actually really difficult to photograph. It already had a white swirly pattern on there and the camera kept reading that...but I really like how this one turned out.


and just a few more!...this one on fabric I tie dyed about a million years ago.

and red on more tie dyed fabric..I actually like this one..

so which works best do you think? of course I printed some more red on the paper prints...and I printed a tee-shirt for myself...and quite a few more bits and pieces...but you've had enough of pix by now..lol
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / flamingos, lino cut, fabric print...turned into a bag! on: April 30, 2013 03:28:18 PM
this was such fun  Grin  Grin  Grin

I haven't been doing so much crafty stuff lately and spend way too much time on the computer today, but my daughter is working on a lino cut project for her art exam this week..so I was inspired..

there is a ton of lino in my house and two pink flamingos in the garden (honey and booboo).. I thought they should be immortalised in fabric...

I freehanded the lino cut and freehanded the placement of the images on the fabric, the white one was done first and I refined the lino cut as I moved from right to left...

then I went onto the green fabric, this was a vintage sheet from a thrift shop...

and then some cards and bits of paper as I was having SO much fun!!...

I added the colour with a paintbrush and was happily doing that when I spilled the painting water all over the bottom right hand corner of the green fabric, so a bit of wet on wet going on there...

EDIT...today I made a bag out of the fabrics...it makes me smile!

comments and criticism always welcome
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pencil skirt with side pleats on: April 14, 2013 02:00:45 PM
I had a go at drafting a pattern from a website that I cannot now find, but this   http://marmaladekiss.blogspot.ie/2010/03/pencil-perfection.html is similar (and looks a little better)

So I just used some fabric from stash to have a go, but to make it a little more walkable in, added a contrasting panel of pleats to each side. It has no waistband (to minimise bulk at the top) and is fully lined instead with a side zip. I also added a few little heart shaped buttons for fun.

OK no idea what is going on with my expression in this pic..DD is not the keenest photographer!...


this is better!

the colour doesn't read properly in this picture, the main fabric is pink and the panels at the side black and white, the buttons are pink..but it gives you an idea of what it looks like

Comments and criticism very welcome.

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