Monday, October 13, 2008

printing and more printing

Tonight was session #2 of the printmaking class I'm taking on Monday nights. I've taken a couple of one-day monoprint workshops that were fine - but I am loving this 10 session course. The evenings are all-too-short, but enough to get a taste. People who are taking the class can come in and use their lovely big press during the week, but since I have my small press in the studio, I'm using my own Blick press, which has an 18"x36" bed. Good enough for what I do. Because of circumstances, I didn't have a chance to do my homework till today. So my plates were a bit random and done in a hurry. Here is the better part of a print done tonight from a plate I glued together this morning. I took last week's plate, made with a variety of tapes, and added more tape, drywall tape, and band-aids. This time, instead of black, I used several colors. This is the first print, followed by a ghost. All are printed on damp paper. The ghosts are more interesting and I pulled a number of them tonight. Ghost is the second print made without adding more ink to the plate. Here are some others. Addictive? You bet!

8 comments:

kathy said...

These are wonderful Rayna...and look like so much fun. In the absence of a press, I can see making a similar plate and then rolling a brayer over paper or cloth to pick up the image. Yeah? And how come the planet is not picking up your blog posts anymore? There must be some problem going on. I always read the planet, but haven't seen you on there lately!

Connie Rose said...

They're all so beautiful Rayna. I can see a series in the making.

Natalya said...

stunning, i love those ghosts...

Russ Little said...

Delicious. The prints are just great. I've looked longingly at that press in the Dick Blick catalog on too many occasions, thinking to myself, "Now how can I justify this?"

Vivien said...

Oooo la la!

Diane said...

I think the ghosts are more interesting, too, especially #'s 2 and 3.

Von said...

Rayna..what fun... Isn't just crazy all the different things we can use everyday for printmaking. enjoy the workshop... now how are you going to incorporate this into fabric????

Gail P said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing these! I can see where the process could be very addictive! (I think I remember someone using a pasta machine for a press, of course, the results would be tiny in comparison.) I'm passing on an award to you. See my blog for details. Hugs!