Thanks to evryone for your comments and especially the information for more places to read about viscosity prints.
Heather: If you are doing multi coloured viscosity roll ups on collagraphs, you might enjoy a site by a printer named Barbara Hartill in England. She uses a process she calls "the rubs" along with gold and silver leaf. Her prints are beautiful and she gives TONS of technical information on her site. She has also written a book "Collagraph and mixed media printmaking" which I have and which is very good. Her site is:
You also asked about Krishna Reddy's book. Unfortunately, I ordered this book from Amazon.ca for $50. When it came I discovered that it was missing the entire center colour illustration section..like not torn out...never inserted! So I asked the company for a new one. They wrote back and said they had no more available and couldn't get me another but I could send it back for a refund.
I REALLY wanted that book!! but not for $50 with a big chunk missing. So I am ashamed to say I photocopied the WHOLE thing.
...and then sent it back. I feel a mite guilty about that but I did try to buy it and I was afraid to just send it back for fear I would never get another one. So much for true confessions!
Jetsam: Perhaps you can help us about the book. Also, don't be turned off by getting the technique exactly right. I just dove in. Sometimes I used rollers of different hardness, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes they weren't even large enough to roll the whole length of the plate so I cleaned the roller and did it again from the other end. Sometimes I used Flash Oil and sometimes I used Raw Linseed Oil. I tried it from thin to thick and from thick to thin. I didn't have relief ink so I used all etching ink. If the print really flubbed, I just let it dry and then soaked it again and printed on top of it. (The two I posted were ones that worked all in one printing) I had one that was too dark in both the intaglio and relief final printing so I re intaglio inked the plate with light ink and printed it again on top. I did the reverse with one that was too light. they are drying at school at present but I can post them when they are dry. The thing is - no matter what happens it is going to be something interesting and may lead you on to try an extra step that turns out great.
H2) Baby: Thanks a whole bunch for the Krishna Reddy sites. His work is hard to find.
Rick: You asked about the look of the plate. Since this post is already rather long I think I will explain it in a new one. Thanks again everyone