Lino-Printing and Etching
The next session was print-making, in both Lino and etching. This is something I've enjoyed doing a lot, because I learned to do a lot of print-making at Kendal College. The first thing I started learning was Lino-printing. What I first drawn was some Pterosaurs from small to large and carefully cut out what I don’t need for printing from a small Lino-mat. The colours I used was a mixture of paint: black, blue, red, yellow and orange in the first prints. Then I cut out more of the Pterosaurs I used with the same colours on-top of the prints I already done to get some more detail or colour or placed upside-down to get a bit of patterns out of them and have worked out quite well. A week later after Lino-printing, I get to learn how to use etching.
Etching (Printing) was lot different and more complicated than I learned at college, because I used plastic plates in my artwork. This time I'm learning on new things from etching on metal plates. Each step of how to safely use etching was kindly demonstrated by Natalie, she's very nice. The first thing I started with was given a small metal-plate and a filing tool to smooth the edges around the plate, so I don't cut myself by accident. Next was etching of what I wanted to print, but what I wanted to do was make sure I could get the marks, details right. Natalie was kind enough to demonstrate on what I could use help me get the work right. What I did first was create a small drawing of a sailing ship and put in some kind of dust or powder at the back, place it on top of the metal plate, then I draw over the drawing with the powder to stick on, so I wouldn't have any trouble getting the etching bad and it has worked perfectly. When that was done, the next step was putting some brown tape at the back of the metal plate, then use a type of coating material to paint over the edges. Natalie demonstrates why I needed to do this because my metal plate is going on a tray mixed with water and acid, to get some effect before I use some printing ink to make the prints. But first that they had to be washed with fresh water after being on the tray and dried up to get printing. Next I place some ink-up on the metal plates and finally with the rolling machine got them printed. Before I did that, I got some A5 cartridge paper and damped them with some water to help get the printed ink on paper. The first was okay, some parts of it could've gone better with some more ink, when I did the second print, it went slightly better. To improve it any prints further, like I want to create some more tone and shade on them, Natalie takes me to a box so I could coat the plate with some dust on top and heat it up near a stove to melt the dust. This makes the plate a new effect on my next prints. The reason for this is because, like before on our first prints we used that coating material over the plates then put it on the tray with water and acid. Time and time again, we have been giving a chart about how dark we like the prints to be in. But I needed to time it carefully so that when we get them printed, there’ll be a set of shading/toning effects in them. Learning all that I get started.
As before I used black ink to make the prints and it's made a much better effect, each print is in different shades of black, and I'm pretty impress with this technique. Etching and Lino-printing is something I enjoy very much and giving the chance I hope to do more of this at university and with my own artwork designs.
When I was at Kendal College, I didn't have the chance to learn silk-screen printing so in these sessions I had hoped to do some this year. Before I did any prints, I did some drawings to go with the work and photocopy them in paper, but I need to make sure the drawings were dark in detail. Next I get a tray to put the drawings on the screen (really took boring five minutes to wait for any of them to take effect) on the tray and finally when that was done I use a hose away where the work is at on tray. Earlier from the start of the session I was given a type of glue to cover the screen and wait for it to dry before putting the drawing, when the drawings were placed and let them dry on the trays I get them ready for printing. I have made two prints based on the book project (The Murder On The Orient Express), with a few colours, after that I did my first laser cut using the same drawings from the prints. The engravings on the details of the train are much better than the prints. I’ll be getting better at it screen-printing and laser-cutting next time, than I am at Lino-printing or etching.
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