Project 14: making mistakes

I’ve been trying to produce the final prints for this project for the past week or so now but my results aren’t exactly what I hoped for.

Below is a photo of my first attempt at one of the designs I’d drawn in my sketchbook. It didn’t go to plan…

First attempt of Chine Colle print of sketchbook designs

First attempt of Chine Colle print of sketchbook designs

The photo quality is poor so I’ll explain what went wrong in the print above. Firstly the blue of the background is much darker than I’d hoped for, so that had to be changed. A light blue, like a clear blue sky was what I actually had in mind. I then found the green tissue paper stuck to the corn flour paste so some of that tore whilst printing. And finally I got the registration all wrong and tried to rectify it (stupidly!) and so there’s a double lino print effect.

After that disastrous print I knew I needed to change the colour mixing and my method of registration. I also wanted to try with some different tissue paper. Once again my second attempt was pretty flawed…

Orange/Green/Blue Print with errors!

Orange/Green/Blue Print with errors!

The above print was my second attempt at a design from my sketchbook. I’m happy with the colour of the background this time and the mottled effect which allows some of the white of the paper to show through. However I clearly misjudged the registration, so there’s some areas of the lino print and tissue paper that sit on the white of the paper.

I also struggled to get the tissue paper to adhere to the print. I was using corn paste as glue, here’s how that looked:

Glue made from Corn flour

Glue made from Corn flour

And here’s a photo of my work space:

Photo of my print workspace

Photo of my print workspace

I’ve included a photo of my workspace as a record so I can refer back to it if I make any changes.

Following the second print I wanted to develop a better method to help with registration so came up with this method:

Glass plate with areas of masking tape.

Glass plate with areas of masking tape.

I placed the paper with the mono-print background underneath the glass and then used that as a guide to tracing round the printed area with masking tape as well as the edges of the paper. I then place the lino block in the central taped area to check it was the same size, once I was happy I moved onto inking the lino block.

Not wanting to give up on my initial designs I began the process of printing again, with mixed results:

Oatmeal/orange/brown print

Oatmeal/orange/brown print

If you take a closer look at the photo above you’ll see the tissue paper hasn’t fully adhered to the paper. But the registration is spot on! It seems I can only manage to get one aspect of the print right at a time! It was this print that helped me see that I might need to make some changes to my original design. I had five pieces of tissue paper I was trying to quickly lay onto the lino block and I think that I couldn’t do it fast enough for the glue to remain tacky.

Taking this into consideration I decided to only use three pieces of tissue for the next print:

 

Orange/blue/black print

Orange/blue/black print

You can see the tissue paper has fully adhered to the paper in the print above. But I’ve somehow managed to screw up the registration, I think I just got impatient and tried to rush ahead without checking the sides of the paper were fully aligned.

So I think my next steps are to look at the designs I made and consider how to do them with less pieces of tissue paper. I think I’ll do two prints with the tissue paper on/highlighting the chimney, small roof and chimney breast. The other two I think will be bigger areas of tissue paper covering the wall of the house, the roof and perhaps the trees?

More to follow…

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *