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Old 04-12-2012, 09:56 AM
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Latest Gelatin Prints

Here's mine (I'll add as I go along). Feel free to add yours. It's fun to scroll down and see what everyone's up to.

done with stencils. The pattern in orange is an inscribed foam plate pressed onto the inked gelatin.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:37 AM
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Re: Latest Gelatin Prints

And two more. Thank back to the drawing board.


And can never resist picking out abstract elements in the details (someday, I'll may go all abstract, I keep leaning that direction)
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:05 PM
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INgrid: As always, the freedom in your work is inspiring. I can study all I want but can't quite figure it out... which is good. I love the guitar. As a guitar player, I *might* have to borrow this idea (which I guess we've all borrowed from Picasso and on down the line).

Questions: How did you make the thin blue guitar shaped outline, overlaying the shape? Drawn? Some sort of string ghost?

Also, refresh my memory: what ink/colors are you using these days? Relief inks or Akua?
I have some new dogs and cats that are near the end of the series. I will post a couple today.

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Thanks Mark, and I would think guitars and any other basic shape are fair game. I wouldn't call that 'borrowing', I was thinking of you when I did it. I recall you have some pretty cool musical themed prints on your blog.
As for the thin blue line--I wish I knew. Honest. It's one of those uncontrollable things, where I put the guitar stencil down, and then lifted all the ink I could with newsprint, then lifted the guitar. The mystery is, why did the guitar stencil lift almost as much ink as multiple presses of newsprint? Because I would love to use this as a technique, but I think it's one that works sometimes, like when the moon is full and the breeze is from the north and jupiter is aligned with mars. Must try it again today.
I'm using speedball waterbased, which is frustrating. I bought the large 1 lb jars, as I was getting good results with the small tubes, but the jars seem to be not so good. Especially the red, which was as runny as silkscreen ink. I had to leave the jar open for three weeks to get it thick enough to print with. Someday, when I am rich and famous I will buy myself vats of the good stuff, Daniel Smith or whatever. But right now, if I see $$$ in my head, I just cramp up creatively.
And, completely off topic, what style of guitar? I play classical--rather badly.
Forgot to add, speaking of string ghosts. The curly 'strings' on the raven prints are my hair! (on purpose, this time)

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Old 04-12-2012, 01:57 PM
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aha! I *think* I might know how you got that string guitar line. I've actually thought about doing this when I am doing a newsprint lift and notice the 'stringy' ink impressions on the 2nd and 3rd lifts (if I want a really clean ghost).
Perhaps if you do the lift but DON'T take the stencil off, then reprint. It will print that little ghost line that remains around the edge of the stencil (?)

A guy who does rather sterile but effective reduction lino block prints of neon signs and buildings in LA told me he always uses Daniel Smith inks and ALWAYS uses tubes because he always has issues with the cans of inks (too runny/drying up/getting crusty/ick). I realize as much as any (because I've been unemployed for months) that $$ is an issue, but DS inks are just richer, deeper, and stay 'open' a bit longer than Speedball... so I can fart around placing stencils or ideas longer. Some things - like using a better olive oil or buying locally produced meats and veggies or a nicer spirit to sip on or a tastier local beer - are just worth paying for. Life is meant for the senses and sometimes you have to make the senses happier. The colors with DS make my eyes and brain happier so I don't even think about the $ any more... besides, I have a secret cheap paper source where I cut costs a bit. (get on the Daniel SMith email list. They offer free shipping every couple months - a great way to save)

Okay here are a couple new, hot off the gelatin prints (I may actually quick-mat a couple of these and stick them up for my art reception this friday. Apparently the folks in the gallery have been getting more comments about the dogs than my abstract stuff. Go figure.)





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Oh, these are great!
I'll take note of buying the potted ink. I think I can buy Caligo inks locally, may try those (also watersoluble, but oil based) and add to my growing collection.
but I came here to solve the thin blue line mystery. I'm a very messy print-maker, so the stencil was still on the table. It turns out that I just spontaneous cut out a guitar from a plane (un-sealed) file folder, so the cardboard was very absorbent and sucked up most of the ink. Something I'll try again soon, as it may be a little more predictable than I first thought.
Of course, now I have to get back downstairs and try out your theory. (note to self, take notes next time)
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Oh, these are great!
I'll take note of buying the potted ink. I think I can buy Caligo inks locally, may try those (also watersoluble, but oil based) and add to my growing collection.
but I came here to solve the thin blue line mystery. I'm a very messy print-maker, so the stencil was still on the table. It turns out that I just spontaneous cut out a guitar from a plane (un-sealed) file folder, so the cardboard was very absorbent and sucked up most of the ink. Something I'll try again soon, as it may be a little more predictable than I first thought.
Of course, now I have to get back downstairs and try out your theory. (note to self, take notes next time)

Oh i see what happened. Yeah, when I make the stencils I always seal them with gel medium. So the fresh stencil just wicked up the ink except for the very edge. I LOVE that line print effect. Will have to work on it.

Accidents are what Gelatin printing seems to be about, happy accidents.
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Re: Latest Gelatin Prints

So, I went further with the unsealed stencil, and here's some more, using that knowledge to add in some finer lined focal points. The paisley is an inscribed foam/polystyrene plate, and the blue 'ribs' are from some glassware.
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Absolutely beautiful prints, how inspiring! I was making gelatin cubes to eat the other day, and nearly subverted them to experimentation with ink instead....maybe this summer I'll have time to do some printing.
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Oh, these are great!
I'll take note of buying the potted ink. I think I can buy Caligo inks locally, may try those (also watersoluble, but oil based) and add to my growing collection.
but I came here to solve the thin blue line mystery. I'm a very messy print-maker, so the stencil was still on the table. It turns out that I just spontaneous cut out a guitar from a plane (un-sealed) file folder, so the cardboard was very absorbent and sucked up most of the ink. Something I'll try again soon, as it may be a little more predictable than I first thought.
Of course, now I have to get back downstairs and try out your theory. (note to self, take notes next time)


Hi, I have tried Caligo inks and they do not work for me. You are getting great results anyway, as I always like the happenstance of gelatin plate printing.
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Thanks so much Newday,
Just checked your blog, wow! You have some beautiful work there.
I would love to know what/how the caligo inks did not work. So far, it is the only other choice from speedball (for pick-up purchases). I've already ruled out Akua, as it doesn't sound great for gelatin prints.
Now I'll take another peak at your blog. ;-)
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