In my last correspondence I talked about the difficulty I was having sourcing ink, the good news is I found a source for ink that is working for my processes. I was able to print at 100% opacity, meaning I can print over another print and completely cover up areas with no show. This can yield interesting layering effects. Below I have included captioned photos that illustrate this process with you including the process of making “flats” for use in layering effects. 


Preparing to print / before it gets messy: I use oil base etching ink and start with primary colors for color mixing. I prefer using compliments to darken colors and white to lighten.




Let the mess begin: Shown here are a variety of mixed colors and rollers used in inking up plates. These colors were used for various background color fills as well as my opacity test (will get to that shortly).




Inking up a flood for a background print (I call these “flats”): Shown here is a plexi-glass plate with a color fade rolled onto it, the ink is feathered so that it will fade into another rolled on color.


Here you can see an additional color rolled onto the top of the plate. 


After the plate is inked up it is placed onto the press grid so the paper can be placed over the plate with precise alignment.


Here you can see the plate marks after printing before the paper is pulled from the plate.


And that is how I make a gradient color background / flat. 


(Opacity TEST): Shown here is a gradient color fill that has figures removed from it. I use q-tips and cotton cloths wrapped over my finger tips to remove the ink. While this print didn’t turn out it I am showing it to you to help illustrate the process in the next photo. 


(Opacity TEST): Shown here is a plate placed onto an older print, ready to print. The teal plate laying on the press looked much like this one with the figure removed from the previous photo shown (above).The under print is the peach and pink color showing through and the teal colors are the new plate I created for the opacity test. 



(Opacity TEST):  Shown is the resulting print. The peach and pink print underneath only show through where areas of ink were removed from the teal plate / overprint.