Monday, 8 April 2013

Two Pugs - Inking up the Key Block

The first inking of the key block. I used Lawrence's black oil based ink with a tiny bit of reducing medium and a drop of cobalt drier to speed drying time.

Because of the detailed fine carving the ink has to be exactly the right consistency. Too thin and it will bleed into the shallow grooves. Too thick and it will look claggy and take an age to hand burnish with my spoon.

At this point I transfered the image onto four more pieces of lino using wrapping paper (one for each subsequent layer/colour). The cobalt drier means that the fine ink transfer dries rapidly, giving an exact copy of the image which is ready to be carved by the next day.

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