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Old 03-24-2019, 01:52 PM
jennymac24 jennymac24 is offline
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Inking linoleum

Hi all,

This is my first post. I use both mounted and unmounted linoleum, and water-based inks (Speedball) for relief prins. I'm having some trouble inking my carvings, and wanted advice. The unmounted carvings sometimes curl a bit, even if I press them. And the mounted carvings don't seem to be flat - there are parts that are slightly lower than other parts, especially the edges vs. center (center is low). So when I use the brayer, certain parts are getting hit heavy with ink, and others are not at all. What ends up happening then is I have to use too much ink to get the whole thing inked up, and some of my details get lost and the edges are a bit heavy and bleeding. I also can't run the brayer across evenly, and sometimes hit the edge of the brayer down on an area not meant to have ink while I am trying to ink up the middle or edges.

I have used several different brayers (usually the softer ones, though I have tried a hard one too), and this has not made a difference. I have run the inked brayer onto paper to see if the brayer was the problem, but it gave a pretty nice even inking.

Any advice is appreciated - including other inks that might be better. I am becoming more aware of how much of an issue this is to my success with each print.

Also I am using printing press to pull prints.

Thanks all!

Jen
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:34 PM
Leather Roller Leather Roller is offline
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Re: Inking linoleum

Maybe...slightly warm or heat the matrix. Also I hold my brayer with the handle pointing upwards, my hand fisted with knuckles pointing forward , thumb up.around the handle. Better, more even pressure.
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:57 PM
BeLing BeLing is offline
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Re: Inking linoleum

For inking, try using smaller rollers to fit into the lower areas.

For printing, pack the low spots in the plate from behind with paper. Usually even a thin bit will make a difference, but you'll have to experiment.
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:14 AM
Leather Roller Leather Roller is offline
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Re: Inking linoleum

I was thinking about this earlier today, maybe running your lino through the press a few times before you take the tools to it might neutralize the undulations in the matrix.
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Old 05-05-2019, 12:16 PM
jennymac24 jennymac24 is offline
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Re: Inking linoleum

Thank you for your suggestions. I will try holding my brayer differently. I think I may also need to see about using a different ink. If anyone has any suggestions on water soluble printing inks that would be appreciated (something that dries as I also do cards).

Thanks!

Jen
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