Relief Printmaking Print Techniques : Relief Printmaking Ink Viscosity

Relief Printmaking Print Techniques : Relief Printmaking Ink Viscosity


So now I’ve mixed in several colors; I have
some orange and some yellow, and I’ve mixed in a bit of blue and I’ve come up with this
taupe color. And I’m going to start here for making my print. Mixing inks is something
that takes the time and energy to learn about the different inks and mixing it; it’s very
similar to other processes of mixing paints, water color paints. Each set of like oil paints
will be slightly different in the way that they respond to mixing than print making inks
but having some knowledge of mixing paints at all and certain knowledge about how colors
work together will help you when you’re mixing your inks for, for really print making. Now
these are actually inks so there very thick; if I want to change the viscosity of my ink
to make it less thick for my block I’m going to add this compound which is an easy wipe
compound and all it’s going to do when I mix this in is just to make the ink easier for
me to roll out onto a brayer, it’s also going to make the ink a little less thick; a little
thinner and easier to hold onto the surface of my wood. It’s going to give it a little
bit easier for me to work with.

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