For this piece I wanted to mix different printing techniques, adding a background to the etch that would be completely original.
Before printing I mixed up all the inks I wanted with linseed oil. This makes life a lot less rushed once printing gets going and avoids paints drying out.
The mono printing process requires wet paper, so first it gets a water bath soaking.
Using a paintbrush and white spirit I painted the inks on plastic sheeting then placed it on the paper and ran the plate-ink-paper sandwich through the press.
I repeated this process six times to get six different images. After printing each piece of paper I placed them back in the water bath so that they didn’t dry out before the next step.
Then I used printers ink mixed with Vaseline to grind into the etching plate and put the sandwich through another roll of the press.
Each image is different. Some of them work and some of them really don’t, but that is part of the fun.