For Printmaking Geeks

11 Apr


I’m working in a new country in a new print workshop in Rawalpindi, with new materials and equipment and it takes a bit of getting used to. We’re all doing full-colour reduction monotypes (for details of the process, click here )for a couple of days and I went to my supplier in London just before we left to buy some more ink. They no longer stock the ones I’ve been using so I brought an untried brand with me.

The process is done on perspex (plexiglass; acrylic) sheets and the local acrylic is different to the British. I brought some of my own paper (French, BFK Rives) but the brand isn’t available here and I don’t have as much as I need so I have to use the local paper. With so many variables, I decided to spend yesterday doing test plates.

We have two types of Pakistani acrylic sheet and 1 British so I inked each of them with Process Yellow Caligo Safe Wash relief ink, mixed 60:40 with extender. See the photo above. I’d prepared a sheet of A4 paper with a basic drawing of boxes to represent the 6 primary and secondary colours and I used it as a template. I took a print off each plate; the first from each onto BFK Rives and the second, or ghost print, onto a local paper; don’t know what it’s called.


I cleaned the sheets – easy because it’s a water washable oil-based ink and inked up in Process Red and Extender in the same proportion as before.


And finally, I inked up the plates in Process Blue and printed them. I found that one of the Pakistani acrylic sheets gave poor results, especially on the ghost prints, but the second type of Pakistani acrylic and the British ‘Lite Glaze’ both performed well. The local paper was nowhere near as good as BFK Rives so we need to find a substitute. The inks are excellent and wash up without chemicals or vegetable oil. Result.

This residency is supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.
rose acw

5 Responses to “For Printmaking Geeks”

  1. jhv57 May 6, 2014 at 14:12 #

    Reblogged this on JHladikVoss57's Blog and commented:
    Love a print demo, don’t you???

  2. Helen Cherry April 12, 2014 at 11:48 #

    Oooo lovely 🙂

  3. Mary Donato April 11, 2014 at 19:54 #

    Great! By coincidence, I just purchased some Caligo relief inks to try, as I had read good things about them. Only just now experimenting with them for relief, and they are smooth, intense, and the colors blend beautifully. A little ink goes a long way. Glad to know they work well for 3-color reduction monotypes, too!
    Really enjoying following along on your big adventure, Rose! Keep up the good work!

    • Rosie Scribblah April 11, 2014 at 20:37 #

      And the translucency is beautiful when mixed with their own brand of extender. Just a few more days in the studio, then the exhibition, then some rest and sightseeing. Please post photos of your caligo prints 🙂

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