If you missed class today, you missed Alex Schwartz printing with transparent ink. A common request that I field, is “Can I emboss on the Vandercook press?” My best answer, is “It depends.” True embossing requires pressure from the top and bottom of the piece of paper. Printing on a Vandercook letterpress applies pressure only from the top. When the pieces fall together like they do on this test piece, the indentation appears to be embossed. The paper has a deep impression from a photopolymer plate. It created a deep impression and it feels great, but it is not real embossing. A few factors added to the success of this test. First we used cover stock paper. The cover stock is thick enough to have a deep impression in the paper. Second, the paper is smooth, which helps provide some contrast to the impressed area on the paper. If the paper had a texture, that busy visual texture would compete with the impression from the drawing. Third, we used an image that Sigrid Hubertz created for a current project. Her drawing has bold lines. Finally, the reason for all of this is that, Alex wanted to try printing with transparent ink on different papers. The transparent ink adds a touch of contrast to the illusion from the deep impression. Nothing better in the world than just printing for the sheer pleasure of testing to see how an ink or image prints on different kinds of paper! The paper used in this photo is from French Paper Company. We used Construction cover stock in fuse green.
Archived entries for Book Arts
On Thursday, I will be presenting at the SGCI conference in Milwaukee. The presentation is titled Is it Something in the Water? – The Remarkable Proliferation of Wisconsin Printmakers
Presenters are: Brooke Cameron, Jim Escalante, Graeme Reid, and Christine Style. The presentation will be at UW-Milwuakee’s Golda Meir Library, Room 490 at 10:45-11:45 am. The presenters will celebrate Wisconsin’s printmaking by introducing the history and scope of Wisconsin based printmakers to attendees from outside Wisconsin. They will discuss commonalities, themes, and significant contributions to education and the field.
Barbara Landes, a grad student in the Art Department used an image of seaweed as a pattern to cut plastic on Meg Mitchell’s laser cutter. The seaweed design was sewn on to a papermaking mould. In this experiment Barb double dipped the deckle and mound in two colors of cotton fiber. Click on the image above to view more photographs.
Finally Jim got around to testing the foil stamping machine! It was donated to the classroom. Lets not even try to guess how long ago we got the hot foil stamping machine. Just know it has been a while. Jeff Mason asked me so often to test it out that I finally gave up and said, it can’t be that hard. I will add more photos soon, but safe to say, it is very easy to use. I grabbed an engraved block from the UW-Madison Extension archive, locked it in the holding channel and rolled some ink using a simple brayer. Pulled down on the handle and applied some heavy pressure in the a book with un covered davey board. For those of you that want to bland stamp into covered book board, we should have this figured out soon. Start thinking about how you want to use it. We are on a hunt for some foil material to stamp in or on to it. Stay tuned.
A few weeks back, I helped my friend Leslie Smith print his wedding invitations on the SP15 Vandercook. Click on the How to print a wedding invitation link to watch a short video that he compiled. His fiance Diana designed the card and they jointly assembled the printed and decorated cards