The concept behind this piece was to crate a nostalgic feeling for the use of old fashioned printing techniques used ‘back in the day’. ‘I miss the old days’ is what a retired printer may say in this now almost completely digital age of printing. This is currently the best linocut produced so far; the Onyx typeface was somewhat problematic as there is a lot of detail contained within the typeface. Most people couldn’t believe that the type was cut by hand. The question was how could I prove to people that this was cut by hand? The answer was to leave on all that excess lino material, which I had cut off in the past. The idea was to not try and make the background completely perfect but to purposely leave on large empty areas with patchy bits of lino to ultimately give the print a textured background. Although this textured background can be replicated with Adobe packages, hopefully the audience can see and feel the difference between a original hand printed piece and a digital piece.
Here the aim was too also use more than one colour as all the other prints were only monotone. It must be said that the ink in the printing workshop located within the Eldon Building is not the freshest. The ink is oil based and seems to be fairly old, as the ink had turned into a very sticky and almost unusable substance. The yellow ink had bits of green ink in, which was annoying, however did produce a unique colour and background texture to print on top of. The second layer, which was the design it’s self, was to be printed in black, to define and give contrast to the print. The black ink however didn’t seem to come out as bold and as black as intended. It is unclear if the first layer would need to be left to dry for at least 24 hours as apposed to just one hour. This may be why the ink did not print as well. The whole process was quite useful in the sense of learning how to layer up a lino print. Next time it may be worth using acrylic paint and an acrylic extender that allows the paint to be used more as ink. This process would need to be tested at home as the print/letterpress workshop only allows for oil-based inks to be utilized. Would gold or silver ink give the piece more value? Would it be possible to use polymer lino and foil to produce a gold foiling embossed look? Catch me on the other side to see what I find out.