In my blogs, I am going to show you what I have been experimenting with over the last eight months, and what I am trying to achieve. When I started my MA, there were so many aspects of print that I knew very little about, so I was very grateful to be offered the opportunity of joining the second year students initially, and recently the first years, in their taught classes.
The first area of print we looked at was woodcut – and you can see my attempts to use the medium for portraits in my gallery. We then moved on to linocut, and the three colour process using three separate lino blocks of the same size. Here I learnt some useful tips which can also be applied to three colour or more woodcut printing. First, make a registration plate large enough to fit the paper you plan to use (and the plate of course). When you have cut away the light areas on the first plate (label it on the back as plate 1 – or the yellow plate, depending on what colour you are going to print first), ink it up and print the first print on to a piece of acetate, which is taped along one side on to your registration plate. Then, while the ink is still wet, you can lift this up, slide the next plate underneath (plate 2) and transfer the image from plate 1 onto plates 2 and 3, which then gives you an accurate image of subsequent areas to be cut out. This is probably old hat to most of you, but for me it was a revelation.