This is the First State of my woodcut from my previous post. It’s printed on Masa with Akua Intaglio ink. I’m used to traditional ink that I make myself using dry pigment and plate oil. The viscosity of the Akua is not as stiff as I’m used to working with and I’m struggling to get a print that doesn’t have a translucent, spreading halo of oiliness around each line. To remedy this I’m going to try adding some dry pigment to the Akua as well as using a lot less ink rolled on the block. When I searched the internet for tips from artists using this method of printing–rolling up the image as opposed to brushing it on–I wasn’t able to find anyone doing this. Crazy-making but the Akua inks are supposed to be a lot friendlier for the environment and for artists’ health so I’m going to keep trying.
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