Experimenting with the laser cutter

Today I have been etching my collection of photographed textural matter onto perspex with the laser cutter.

At a later stage I would like to experiment with printing from these perspex etchings.

To see the results of my perspex printing experiments, please see Perspex etchings and prints.

 

Printmaking

 

Working on a new series of prints to go on sale for the York Open Studios exhibition!

Here I am printing from a variety of different shaped and sized leaves.

If you would like to make your own leaf prints,

 

Here is what you will need:

Printing ink                              Pallet knife

Olive oil                                    A small paintbrush

Ink roller                                   Work bench

Glass surface                            White spirit

Paper towels                             Rubber Gloves

Printing press                            Paper

Drying rack                                Leaf(s)

Here is what to do:

  • Use the pallet knife to scoop out some ink onto the glass surface.
  • Pour a small amount of oil over the ink and mix well with the pallet knife.
  • The oil should have thinned the ink out slightly.
  • Apply a small amount of ink onto your leaf with the brush.
  • You may need to dab any excess ink off with a paper towel.
  • Place your paper onto the bed of the printing press with the inked leaf faced down onto the paper.
  • Lay the felt sheets over your paper.
  • Pull the print through the press.
  • When your print has come through the other side of the press, carefully lift the felt sheets and take the leaf off of your paper.
  • The ink should have transferred the details of the leaf onto the paper.
  • You may need to adjust the pressure of the press to achieved your desired print.
  • When you are ready to clean away, use the white spirit to remove the ink from the glass surface, pallet knife and brush.

 

To view my prints please visit my Prints page.

 

Happy Experimenting!

Photography

 

 

 

Here are some of the photographs of textural matter I have been capturing and collecting since the start of the semester.

I have been incorporating my photographs into a range of different materials and processes, including cyanotype, screen printing and perspex etchings.

I will be using a number of my collected images in my degree show pieces, along with a variety of opposing disciplines.

 

Experimenting with latex

Today I am experimenting with latex.

I have used my collagraph plaques to create these latex reliefs.

 

What you will need:

Vaseline

Textural surface/Object

Latex

Latex hardener

Plastic cup

Paintbrush

 

What to do:

  • First you will need to apply a layer of vaseline to protect your textural surface and ensure that the latex can be easily removed once set.
  • Follow the instructions on the latex bottle & latex hardener and mix accordingly (usually 1 : 10).
  • Give the mixture a stir until you feel the latex stiffening.
  • Apply the latex to your surface in thin layers.
  • Wait for each layer to dry before applying the next.
  • Build to the desired thickness (I used about 4 layers).
  • When all the latex is set you can peel it way from your surface.

 

Happy Experimenting!