Friday, August 24, 2007

Prepping to print, and other topics

Everyone's probably sick of pictures of luscious strawberries, so no pictures of that today, but I did harvest another big bowl and have been eating them on and off all afternoon. Yum...

I just realized that I've been going to the weight room for a whole year now...

I can't say that I'm crazy about the routine, but I definitely enjoy the results --

1. My blood sugar is normal, normal, normal.
2. I can work in the yard for 8 hours and not feel anything, and then get back out there the next day and work another 8 hours.
3. I can sling domestic rocks around in the yard; I can climb up big rocks out in the wild.
4. I can gocco all day and not get a backache.

And I don't have granny arms!

But speaking of gocco, remember all that paper that I trimmed a couple of weeks back? Well, today, I finally started planning a new print. Sketched out a general layout and went through my old sketchbooks looking for ideas. I want to get away from the cmyk prints, which I really enjoyed doing, but now it's time to try something else. I really liked the way Fatherland came out, and I want to use some of the techniques I used there to make a new series of prints.

These will measure 7"x11" on 11"x15" paper, bigger than the large gocco print bed which measures 6"x9". And since I like my prints to have well defined borders, this will require some planning ahead. I need to mark out my image area (the 7x11) before I start printing. I tried lightly marking it with a pencil. No. Then I cut out a piece of cardboard 7x11 and used the bonefolder to score around the board. This was OK, but it was easy to score past the ends which ruined the paper. So I ended up doing this:

Taped down my board and my white paper tape:

Put my print paper (Rives Lightweight) over the board, using the white paper tape as guides, and lightly ran my fingers along the edges of the board:

This worked much better, although it gave the paper a beveled look. I like the look, but it might look a little weird on a screen print. But if it's a real problem, which I doubt it will be, I can always dampen and press after the prints are finished:


gl. said...

so buff! do you have a weight room in your house? i like the embossed look: it will look like an intaglio or something. :)

fingerstothebone said...

Yeah, it's called the living room! Actually, I go to the community center twice a week, and then use the free weights at home once a week (in the living room).

I like the embossed look, too, but I don't want it to look like I'm trying to fake the intaglio look! It's working out ok as a registration mark though.