Saturday, 31 March 2018

Testing the new Mini-Halfwood-Press

For more information about the Mini-Halfwood-Press goto:

My page at the Patrons-Site of the Founder, Designer and Intaglio-Artist
of the Halfwood-Presses Bill Ritchie

Monday, 19 March 2018

Thermo again, but this time in Intaglio

You know Dry-Point-Intaglio. Often used with plates of artificial-glass.
Now I've found out a technic, I call it "Hot-Point-Intaglio".
First prints (not really art, but try-outs), I've printed with the pasta-press.
I've used PET, available in DoIt-Shops, thickness 0,7 mm, from a roll.
With the first contact with a hotgun, it becomes flat - very nice.
I warmed it up an pressed it at first with a 40er sand-paper (today I think 80er would be better).
The structure of the impressed sand-paper, I could flatten at a small a part (red arrow), to look how I can made an Mezzotinto-Effect with this technic.
I've printed the first color (blue) and sanded the plate with 240er, to see, how much color will be take into the plate now. I've printed the plate in red. ... and also a red print over the blue one.

left the PET-Plate (sorry, upside down), the blue print, with the retouched  part (red arrow), to  test the mezzotints-style. under this the red print, smoothed with 240er sand-paper. Right the print with two colors.
The PET-Plate with hot impressed sand-paper and some scratches.

Later I've had the idea to press the sand-paper a second time on the plate, but when I heated the plate, the surface becomes flat again, no structure anymore ;(
So took a new plate, pressed ist with the sand-paper ad put some hot metal-pices on the plat. It works, but the small items sticked in the surface...
Ok. It was just the 2nd try. I printed it in blue...

Left on the Pasta-Press the plate with some pieces from a clock, beside the print in blue.

I will continue the experiments with heating PET... I hope this was stimulating for you, too.

Have a nice Print-Day.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

This not a Thermofax-Blog ;-) Latest News about "Klappbügelpresse"

..after so many experiments & experiences with Thermofax-Printing, last night I went back to a traditionell print-technique with 2 Mini Presses:
I've printed copper-etchings with:

a Marcato Pasta-Machine

..and with my DIY "Klappbügelpresse" (see here: Sunday, Mai 18th)

"Klappbügelpresse"print-area 4 x 4 cm, paper-size 5x5 cm. Build for Letterpress, but works with  copper-etching, too. (Here seen with a photo-polymere-clichée.)
"Pasta-Print" / Copper-etching / "Klappbügel-Print"
(see above)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Links zum Piccolo Heft 06 Thermofax-Druck "quick&dirty"

Piccolo Heft Nr. 06
Piccolo Heft Nr. 06, Verlag Ekkehard Lory, 20 S., incl. Thermofax-Folie with Motive,
USD / € / CHF 6.–, Postfinance Switzerland Account: CH75 0900 0000 9000 4656 7
(If you like to order, please don't forget your Address.)
Links zum Piccolo Heft Nr. 6
Thermofax-Druck traditionell

Thermal Imager Reconditioned. PRICE: Starting at $1,450.00
HP LaserJet P1005 Monochrome Printer - Refurbished, PRICE: $125.00
Thermal Screen Sheets, 100 Mesh, 8-7/8"x11-1/2"-1 (Blue), Starting at $55.00


Ein Riso-Drucker für den „öffentlichen Gebrauch“ steht hier:
Kulturbüro, Stauffacherstrasse 100, 8004 Zürich,
T 044 242 42 82,,
(Das Kulturbüro St.Gallen hat leider keinen Risodrucker.)

Riso, weltweite Standorte:
Riso-Händler Schweiz:

Thermofax-Druck "quick&dirty"
> Geräte


Gestetner CopyPrinter-Master bei eBay, im Web, dann als Stichwort „Gestetner“ eingeben, ein paar hundert Treffer nach den 

gewünschten „Master“ durchscrollen. Preise zwischen € 15.- und € 40.- für 2 Rollen 
sind Ok. Fast immer „Sofortkauf“, also keine Wartezeit / Ersteigern

Problem: eine Lieferung in die Schweiz ist nicht immer möglich, da hilft 

eine Post-Adresse in Deutschland. 
Es gibt Firmen im deutschen Grenzbereich, die Post annehmen, mal googeln.

Sonst nach "CopyPrinter-Master" googlen, es gibt auch Lieferanten in der Schweiz, 

die preiswerte Masterfolien liefern, oder direkt aus Asien, die Rolle für ein paar USD, 
allerdings mit Mindestabnhme zwischen 20 und 100 Paketen zu je 2 Rollen.
Tattoo-Kopierer aus der Schweiz (hoffentlich mit Garantie), CHF 325.00
(den Tattoo-Kopierer gibt es auch mit USB-Anschluss für PC, ca. 35.- bis 100.- teurer, 

je nach Lieferant)ät/neu-drucker/
Brother PocketJet für Mac/PC
> Überblick:> PocketJet PJ-773 = CHF 689.– / 300 x 300 dpi Aufl.> PocketJet PJ-662 = CHF 449.– / 200 x 200 dpi Auflösung !?
(alle Daten vom Juli 2017, ohne Gewähr)
> Material / Farben
> Künstler-Acrylfarben Künstlerbedarf, Kaufhaus
> Verzögerer von Lascaux (verhindert das schnelle trocknen der Farbe während 
des druckens)  von
> Rakel („Fensterwischer“), oder Schwämmchen, um die Farbe durch die Folie 
zu drücken; sowie Farbtöpfchen, Fensterreiniger und Haushaltspapier 
gibt es im Supermarkt 
> Papier (A4), Postkarten (A6), Cutter, Schere aus der Papeterie(-Abteilung 
des Supermarktes)

Piccolo-Heft Nr. 06, Bildnachweis
Titelseite und Druck-Anleitungen
Modell das-wolfsmaedchen

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thermofax "Quick&Dirty" on!

Here is a first trial with the "quick&dirty"-Thermofax-print on fabric:

Thermofax-Print on T-Shirt.
Selfie with Thermofax-Print on my T-Shirt.
I used some small motives, printed in white (signet 1st layer), blue (signet 2nd), "stars" in yellow, "web" in red.

Print it, wherever you are ;-)

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Thermofax-Print: My Cards from 2016

Here the cards, I've printed with the "quick&dirty" Thermofax-print in 2016.
I've used from two up to four colors. All printed on cardboard 250 / 300 g/m2 with Acryl-Colors.
Every Card with 50 copies. 50 copies are just enough to keep fun when printing.
More copies becomes  w o r k .

Cards, Thermofax-Print

I wish you a very colorfull 2017

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Thermofax-Printing "quick&dirty" unleashed

At first the result, size 29 x 40 cm, 5 colors, 2 rainbow-prints:

The complete Thermofax-Print, size A3.
And in this way I began:

The CopyPrinter-Master size 20 x 42 cm, with tape at the small edges.

Thermo-printing with the Brother CJ-723.
The Master is mounted on a paper. Printig upside down.

The first color (lightblue), printed in 2 tracks.

1st track of the 2nd color (dark blue).

Now both tracks are printed in dark blue.

3rd color: rainbow-print of green and brown.

4th color: rainbow-print of brown and black.

...the 5th color is black.

And the last color is copper:
Situation shot: printing copper-metallic.
The copper-color-print of the fish.
Some new experiances:
> with the Brother PJ-723 it is possible to burn "infinity" CopyPrinter-Masters, in the width of max. 21cm. I use only 20cm, because the angel of retraction must be very, very 90°.
> When burning the Master, it becomes longer... and more length, when getting wet by color and streched by the squeegee, and I'm talking about cm!
If you want a matching of the different color, you should swage the picture with your program before printing on the Master.
> Printing with metallic-colors... is not so easy. This time I printed the "salmon" several times, with drying inbetween with a hair-dryer.
The color sticked the Master very quick, so I used for every picture a new Master-film, because the material is very cheap. If you have only one burned Master, you better wash it out.

Nevertheless, it was a very good experiance with the "quick&dirty" thermofax-printing.
Now I know, how I can print very quick in very big sizes...
Ok, Andy Warhol did it before, but he used the "complex" screen-printing-system.

I wish you nice celebration-days... with large prints ;o)