Growing a tumour takes it out of you energy wise, having it removed takes even more. Four weeks out and I am still tired and droopy, an infection hasn’t helped, but I was so bored too!! In an act of extreme naughtiness I opened my birthday present from my lovely mother in law early. I don’t know whether she would approve but it is too late.
A letterpress kit, block of printing paper and ink. I already had the die cutting machine needed (mine is a sizzix big shot). I also used Bockingford Watercolour paper (300gsm)
I spent a day glueing stuff to mount board. The first is mostly texture gels, the second is tissue with porridge oats and a card circle. I varnished them with button polish, (a shellac based varnish)
I patted them and admired them for a couple of days whilst I waited for the varnish to get super hard.
Today I soaked the paper for around 20 minutes, then blotted it on a soft towel, whilst this was soaking I inked up my plate. I don’t have proper tools so I used a soft (cheap from the pound shop) toothbrush to push the ink into the texture. I rubbed a little off the surface with a cloth.
To print, I put one layer of newsprint on the Perspex print base, then the inked print plate, the soaked and blotted paper, added two layers of polyester felt, closed the base and run it through the sizzix.
The larger pic is the second print taken from the plate, I made three prints in all from one inking
again the larger picture is the second print from the plate
I thought the card circle would be too proud of the plate, but I love the halo I got 🙂 The textures on the gel plate are a little too similar. But I was doing a little happy dance, it was a great learning experience and I can see myself doing more of these asap.
I think this would be called ‘collagraph printing’ but don’t shoot me if I am wrong.
p.s. the texture gels used on the texture plate (ie without the moon) were Pummace gel medium, Glass beads, black mica mortar, Fresco Flakes with pva glue, Garnet fine gel, (all Golden brand except the Fresco flakes which are from Stewart Gill)