Saturday, September 4, 2010

Back to printmaking!

This is my first oil-based print. With the help of my cool printmaking friend Susan, who helped me learn to use the presses and do clean up, we printed 85 prints by using both of the presses at Tiger Lily Press Studio here in Cincinnati, Ohio (website link here on my blog). Each year Tiger Lily Press members design, print, and sell calendars for fund-raising. I chose the month of June because Summer is my favorite season and what a better month to celebrate with the Summer Solstice on June 21st.

Printing with oil-based ink and using a machine press was a fun experience, but the clean-up process convinced me that I am still a devout water-based printmaker indeed!


Ellen Shipley said...

Lovely calendar page. I agree about the clean-up. I actually prefer oil-based printing, but water-based is easier to deal with in a home print studio. I am still trying to duplicate techniques I learned in oil-based printmaking.

Bette Norcross Wappner -- said...

Thanks, Ellen. I would like to learn more about the new non-toxic oil-based cleaning products. But I will always do water-based printing in my home studio ;-))

starkeyart said...

Hi Bette. I love these images! You know what's funny? We have a Tiger Lily Press calendar hanging on the wall at Dayton Printmakers Co-Op. It would be nice to get the two presses together somehow since we are so close. It's so hard to coordinate things, though, because everyone has busy schedules, as I'm sure you know. On the other hand, the feeling of being part of a really cool project is great :)

I totally agree with you about the oil based inks and clean up! I have such a limited time period to print I hate to figure in the cleanup. I print during my lunch hour, which turns into 2 hours, and often go back to work with ink on my face and black hands because I forget that the stuff is NOT easy to get off your hands. Pretty evident what I've been up to. :)

Anyway, if you aren't doing anything next Saturday, come up to the Dayton Printmakers Co-Op from 12-5 bacause I'll be giving a water-based monotype workshop. Haven't had time to figure out just what we'll be doing yet since I print monotypes by hand and not on a press so I'm hoping I can wing it or have a few hours to experiment before then. At least the clean-up will be quick!

Take Care,