Printing plates after printing
Hi there, how are you?
Finally I’ve finished the sketching for textiles class that I’d started a few weeks ago. It was only supposed to be a two week course but there was so much interesting information to digest and actually doing all of the exercises makes it easier for me to learn so it took a little longer.
We made lots and lots of thumbnails some on black and some on white paper to start and out of these I picked four to enlarge to three inches and turn into collages.
As you can see the thumbnails are mainly line work so I just picked colours from the papers I’d made to put the collages together.
The aim of the class was to design a textile piece of art; I don’t have lots of scrap fabric so after some thought decided to design a print instead.
I made two small plates (3”) out of cardboard boxes, the same design only one was the positive the other the negative as an experiment, also a larger one (6”) all based on the collages.
The plates were glued together then varnished. After my last printing experiment, which wasn’t completely successful, I have looked up various blogs for instructions.
I used my big shot die cutter to make the prints; it worked very well once I’d gotten the “sandwich” right.
One of the smaller plates stuck to the paper and fell apart on the first print, too much ink or pressure maybe? You don’t get many prints before the plates are squashed flat with the pressure; they are only cardboard and don’t last long.
It got a little messy and some of the prints are better than others. But on the whole I don’t think they’re too bad. Lessons learned and filled away for next time.
The two plates that survived after printing (at the top of the post) look more interesting than the prints themselves so I think I’ll hang on to them.
Again I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these lessons. I think I’ll put all the work into a little folder and keep it for future reference
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. till next time, have fun