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Re: Help! Emergency Printmaking Problem!


From: Audrey (art.aud_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 18 2000 - 13:55:44 PDT

I never heard of using india ink to make prints. I use water based
blockprinting ink. Didn't your india ink seep into all the grooves and then
quickly dry inside the grooves? Try washin the styrofoam plates,
rescratching the impressions to remove any dried up india ink, use block
printing ink, roll gently onto the surface of the plate so the scratced out
areas do not get filled up with ink. The plate will be the positive color of
the ink. The scratced out areas, that should not have received and ink will
print white
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Subject: Help! Emergency Printmaking Problem!

> I did what I thought would be a very easy printmaking lesson. The
> used scratch board to make "drawings" of trolls (we read a Norwegian Tale
> about trolls with woodcut illustrations). The students used the
> properly, then using black india ink, they used rollers to ink the
> scratchboard, making a print onto dipety dye paper (a thinner paper) and
> a brayer to rub over the back to make a nice print. The lesson was a
> disaster!!! What did I do wrong? The prints were either messy black
> or no print at all. The few somewhat clear prints I got are really not
> that clear.
> HELP!!! I am hoping to display these prints for a multicultural
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