Are you using a print press or hand brayering? This could make a very
big difference in the ultimate print. The elderly linoleum, like the
elderly of other species, does not bend as easily as in its day of
yore. It is not so old that it is cracking, evidently. I found money
for a monoprint press and hope next year to get a lot deeper into
printing, and with it drawing. Perhaps you could try warming it (why
not in hot water before beginning the cutting process. Dry it. It isn't
butter but the blade will tend to slip less.)
On Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at 09:56 PM, Heather Hayes wrote:
> Ok...so we're printing in my classes. The linoleum is assorted
> unmounted scrap from Sax that was already there when I started this
> year. I don't know how old it is. I know the age of the linoleum can
> make it hard to carve, but can it affect the printing? We're having a
> really hard time getting good prints. We're using Speedball water
> based ink in the 1 lb tubs. I've never used the tubs before...only the
> tubes. Either the ink doesn't go on well, or it fills in the lines.
> Sometimes it's doing both on the same plate. Lines that are
> definately deep enough that they SHOULD print are consistantly being
> filled in by the ink. Areas that are totally flat and should be inking
> easily are not keeping the ink.
> All we have are cheapo hard rubber brayers. Could it be a brayer
> Tips? Is this typical of either the ink itself, hard rubber brayers,
> or old linoleum? Where are we going wrong?
> We're using the back of a spoon for a baron (school was too cheap to
> approve actual barons), and I've been helping them by showing them
> they can pull up a corner and peek at it to rub more if necessary,
> etc. I've been using every trick I know, and it isn't helping.
> Suggestions of maybe different brands to order for next year to avoid
> this problem?
> Heather in TX
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