Wednesday, February 17, 2010




Prismacolor drawing from sketchbook. "Green-eyed Daughter".
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It's late (or very early) and I'm watching a 1938 movie called "The Citadel". I'm thinking about what to do when I print my 5th color today. Will take a short nap before starting printing.
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I had some difficulty yesterday. Usually if I am printing a color lithograph I will use the stone for my "key" color and plates for my additional colors. I've been using polyester plates to print color flats for about 4 years. They're much less toxic than photo litho plates. One of the mediums I was testing to apply to the plate was Golden GAC-200 Medium (instead of Future floor polish). Unfortunately, it did not hold up as well as I had hoped. It started to break down after about 20 prints. My edition was 38 prints. I was forced to go back to drawing on the p-plate with a sharpie. I like using the sharpie pens for control and detailing but it "lifts" and discolors lighter color inks (like yellow) with a blue cast. I don't mind using them with blues, greens and dark reds. I was printing blue so this went well for the remaining prints.

Today I print green. Will use the sharpie again. Should take me about 3-4 hours to print.

3 comments:

we3 collective said...

I've always wanted to work with lithography - tend to screen print. It seems there is a lot of work using this medium but the detail and longevity of the plate must make up for it. What a happy find - love your blog!

Mlle Paradis said...

Hi! Just saying Hello and thanks for "signing on" to Passage Paradis! Did you find me through Sophie?

It's wonderful for me to discover you, I never learned printmaking in artschool (too busy waitressing!) so it's great to peak over your shoulder at your different processes both manual and thought. I love the heart series that you did.

Visited Tucson a million years ago and thought it was such a cool place. Even saw the Biosphere before it became a ghostly wreck. Strange days.

I'll be back!

Non-Indigenous Woman said...

Thanks!
Mlle I did find you through Sophie's site. I am so impressed by Australian artists. I'm guessing you're there, too.