Two pieces of board
Ink and roller
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..