Sunday, 13 June 2010

※ part three for your dear hearts ※

a place that's measured and safe and known
Some weeks it's like this in my head
fragile, fractured and foolish

And then it all leaps together like hares in the fields and I am done up again
Made again, right way upped and laughing high.

Making pictures, taking long looks and standing surrounded by air scribbling swallows.

I don't forget you of course and that we are on Part Three of Printmaking on Kitchen Tables, 
Garden Benches and even Ironing Board Studios.


I was fortunate and foresighted enough once to bid on a load of ink for 'small presses' on Ebay. I think it was about £2 for tubs and tubs of the stuff and the carriage cost me a lot more but here it sits in my studio gathering dust but never forgotten. A selection of colours too. I buy ink anywhere if it's a bargain. It seems to grow a skin and then beneath that waxy shell the ink stays perfect for years and years. I was tres lucky mon amies but you might too happen upon a delightful bargain. I probably strike fear into most printmaker's blackly beating hearts because I use all kinds of inks and mix them up a bit. It always seems ok. 
I am probably a printing pirate.
Ink supplies are available from
and a recent find for me
(they will deliver to Europe)
So, using a piece of glass, (mine is an old glass chopping board) or flat non-porous surface squeeze or scoop some ink onto your surface. I use old kitchen knives for this task; 
no need for spatulas or special tricks.
And begin to can use a cheap basic roller. But if you fancy this printing lark for more than five minutes, invest in something more charming, more seductive.


Spread your ink, smell that oily gloop and remember to come back to the moment.


Roll over your lino block in all directions to make sure you have inked up every little groove and turn.


Then carefully place a clean piece of scrap paper over your inked lino, use a lovely old spoon to burnish the back of the paper and transfer the inked design onto your paper. Try to use a regular circular motion and do it for quite a bit longer than you think you ought.
Keep the paper still.
You want a good strong deep print. 
Old spoons are best as you don't end up bending them under pressure.
And you know they don't make spoons like they used to.

Then carefully peel back your paper and admire your handy work. At this point you can note what may need tweaking, trimming or readdressing. I know I want to remove all the excess lino from around my design because I only want to cake stand on a white background. But this was just a test print to see where I was. It's easy to get lost.
Sometimes I think it might be easier to move into one of my best friend's gardens 
and live in her little caravan.
Just enough room to breathe.
embittered scorn in honeyless hives


Lizzie said...

Ooh... that little caravan looks like the ideal place for a holiday. Not sure I'd enjoy it in the winter-time ... Good for a crafting break though!

Thanks for this continuing Printing Tutorial. It's great! I love your little comments along the way - just those bits that make it more real and personal.

I too love that wonderful shlacky-shmacky noise that a roller makes in the ink. I like the inky smell too. and even the inky fingers - because it proves I've been Making Stuff!

The cake stand is coming along so nicely. I'd like a real version of that cake stand - to store some stuff in my studio...

Watching out for Part's all coming together so nicely.

BonnyBadger said...

love this post. i like the way you use everyday items. i often find these do the trick far better than expensive nik naks. i have recently discovered great paint effects you can get with those cheap scourers from pound shops!

Can i have a time share re the caravan!

looklooklukala said...

Looovely cakestand and printing lesson. I must invest in some tools now. Then I will run to the shop and buy a tin of time, maybe a 3 week tin. Once I have the time I will cut out a picture of my tin. xx

Glasgow Press said...

Enjoying your posts - thanks!

Sarah said...

Ooh I haven't done any printing for a while now-too much work going on unfortunately. I can't wait ot get it all out again. I love the sound that the roller makes on the ink. That cake stand is lovely!

Anna Lukala said...

My dad kindly bought me ink, lino, spatula, and cutters when he went to Antlantis in London. He spoils me rotten when he comes to visit. I will hopefully soon show some first attempts. x

Louise said...

Anna, your dad is GREAT! I am really looking forward to seeing the results xx