Monday 8 October 2018

Thermofax "quick&dirty" goes "old style" with with a 3M-Thermocopy-Machine
The Blog of Squigglemom tells you, how Patricia Tsolasue and her friend Caprice Rothe forced the Gestetner Copy-Master-Screen to work as usual Thermofax-Screen, instead of the new and bad working RISO-Thermofax-Screen.
Take a peek, if you are disappointed with the new RISO-Screens!

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)