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« on: February 06, 2011 08:17:39 AM »

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I had some design ideas for cards that I wanted to test out, but I don't know enough about linoprinting to make even fields of color. I've gotten nice impasto which works well on some designs, but not everything I want to make will look good that way. I'm using speedball's waterbased inks on a butcher tray with a soft rubber brayer.

Here's the best of my impasto ones:

Can anyone give me some tips? I've done internet searches and looked up videos on youtube, but there's something that I'm just not getting. Incidentally, I started using my brayer to load rubber stamps with ink and it works really well if you want a nice, light clear print. I used to have a lot of trouble getting good results with larger rubber stamps, but the brayer has solved that for me.
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011 10:21:24 AM »

Hi there,

Let's see if I can help.
First, I think I need a little more information:
-what sort of ink are you using?
-what sort of paper are you using?
-how are you printing them (i.e. with a press? with a wooden spoon? with a baren?)

From the photo it looks like - maybe- your ink is a wee bit too thick and possibly uneven (which works really well with your tree! but I can see it might not suit all purposes). You could try pulling a few proofs before you print the cards so you get a really nice texture. Also, it looks like you might be using a very heavy weight paper (cardstock?). Unless you have an actual press, it will be very hard to get a nice print with such paper. Investing in some thin, but strong paper, like Japanese kozo paper (my personal favorite) might make this easier.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011 08:33:07 AM »

First off, I love your tree prints, ironically I've always had trouble achieving nice impasto prints and I always end up with nice smooth prints.. so maybe I can help? (lol)

Are you mixing any retarder into your ink?  Since you are using a waterbased ink, it will start to dry almost immediately, which can make it hard to evenly roll the ink.  Of course, this will make your prints dry a bit slower (but with smaller prints, and using only 1/3rd mix of retarder, my prints still dry in about 2-3 hours). 

Also, how are you rolling the ink?  Before you ink your lino, the entire brayer should be evenly and thinly covered (when you run it through your ink it should make a very quiet suction-y sound).  If you have too much ink on your roller, it will cause peaks, stick more, and make a noisier wet sound.  If this happens, just roll the ink more to get some off.  Once your brayer is properly inked, you can ink your lino, but don't roll it more then 2-3 times and don't put too much pressure on it (otherwise the ink will be pushed off the sides of your carving, which causes loss of detail).

My last tip/ advice depends on how you actually print them.  I'm going to assume that you are not using a press, and are using hand pressing methods.  I find that the easiest way to achieve even printing is to have another (clean and dry!!) brayer handy to gently roll over the back of the paper.  This method is a little delicate, as you have to make sure not to move the paper at all, but I find that with lino the inks usually hold the paper in place while I do this. 

Here is a link to a picture of some of my mini lino prints:

Ill weave your names into my ribcage; lock your hearts inside my chest.
Regain the passion I once carried; do away with all the rest.
I tore the sickness from your bodies; smashed its head against the bricks.
I made a castle from its bones that you may always dwell in it.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012 12:35:12 AM »

This looks really creative and innovative idea. I could suggest one idea as its similar to the pattern if warli painting, you can add the design of warli painting.
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