Energy! Two Studio Tricks
I love it when I'm full of energy...mostly because some (other) times I have to "make" myself work, ups and downs, you know...
Anyhow, I am fully enjoying a flurry of self-inflicted activity, and making progress on a long project and a short-ish project.
The Long: Ghost Town
About a week ago I finished carving not only the 20 small woodcuts for the Ghost Town project but also a medium size View block. The 20 4x6 inch blocks are ready to print and so I started mulling how to make a big project not so big. Turns out, a sheet of 22x30 inch paper will print 9 at a time with generous margins.
I have printed multiple blocks before, all this trick necessitates is a "jig" that holds the blocks in place while a large sheet of paper is placed on a few blocks simultaneously. The "lock" (in letterpress called a chase) has to be slightly lower than the blocks so that I can ink away without removing the blocks each print. I construct these from foam-board, mat-board and/or gator-board, whatever thickness combination gives me the ideal height to hold the blocks in place just above the jig surface.
Here are pictures, better than descriptions!
|First laying out the blocks and finding the spacing|
|Some calculations on the sizes of spacers needed|
(I'm good at math!)
|Spacers cut on left, glue and square ready|
|I place the blocks as I go to make sure they fit|
|Each block held at the right height by gator-board|
|Presto! The completed chase, blocks in place|
Ink and paper required, After the blocks are printed
I can trim the paper to size
The Short: Wings Exchange, the Flying Maple Seeds
Also made the final adjustments on the Seeds are Sown, Life is Grown print for the Barenforum.org 72nd print exchange. I will detail the complete process in next post, but here are the photos and the video:
|First vs second proofs|
|block and print|
|Last few details and cleaning up|
require my magnifying lamp
|Detail of my tiniest tool doing some|
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