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Old 04-05-2019, 10:31 AM
NewToPrint NewToPrint is offline
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Newbie asking daft questions

Iíve recently started printmaking. (I was very fortunate to have found an etching press that needed a new home).
I have successfully produced work in a workshop and produced good prints from Lino cuts. However, when I try and print using various inked up plates with stencils, the paper either slips or gets stuck on the plate and tears. I also seem to not have a enough ink applied. (Should I be using an ink extender..?)
I use damp paper and Intaglio oil based inks. Does anyone have any ideas why this might happen? Many thanks in advance!
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:49 PM
contumacious contumacious is online now
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Re: Newbie asking daft questions

Something isn't right if your paper is tearing when you lift the print. Are you doing block prints or something else? Some things to try.
  • Add some modifiers to your ink so it isn't as sticky.
  • Try a different ink.
  • Use heavier paper.
  • Let the paper dry out a bit more before printing.
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:50 PM
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Re: Newbie asking daft questions

Less pressure could also work to the tearing paper issue, if the printing is done with a press. If printing is done with baren, then I would use sheet of parchment paper (baking paper) between baren and the paper. It will reduce friction that can damage the damp paper.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:04 PM
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Re: Newbie asking daft questions

Many thanks. Iíll check these points and see what happens!
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