I love printmaking, but since having a baby, I find it increasingly difficult to make my way to the Center for Book Arts, where I do my printing on the Vandercooks they have there. I know a lot of printmakers pull prints by hand using barens, so I thought I’d give it a go.
First, I made a collagraph plate using letters I cut out on my Silhouette.
Then I inked it with a brayer and printing ink. I just rolled out the ink on an acrylic block that I use with my hand carved stamps.
I laid the plate on an old book page to line it up with where I wanted it to go, then carefully turned it over to burnish the back side of the paper. I don’t have a baren, so I used a clean brayer. I also tried a Teflon folder, which allowed me to get crisp embossing, too.
I could have used the negative from the letters as a mask so ink wouldn’t get in the negative space, but I kind of like the look.