Well, we bought a pasta machine – not, as you might imagine for making pasta, but for printing! And today we made our first experiment which was very satisfying! Having (yesterday) made a couple of printing plates by gluing cardboard shapes to a cardboard base and then covering them in PVA to give them a little strength, I ventured into Debbie’s studio, plonked on some black printing ink (under instruction) and then rolled those babies through the pasta machine against a soaked piece of paper. Results? Most pleasing for a first effort. See for yourself… Oh and you get pretty dirty fingers but it is water soluble printing ink, so that’s OK!

Really quite liked the original plates:

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Here’s one covered in ink:

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And here’s a print…

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Here’s a print being ‘pulled’ (technical term!)…

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Here are four prints from this block at different pressures and with a reducing amount of ink (1 to 4 from left to right)…

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The final print (like this one)…

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All prints from both plates…

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Both plates inked up…

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Dirty fingers…

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This week’s photo exchange has the serendipitous (good word, huh!!) theme of ‘salt’.

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City Salt, West 56th Street – Cathy Stewart

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Hunstanton Beach – Keith Osborn