31/10: My day of creating Cassette Monoprints
I’m planning on making some images for greetings cards based around Cassette tapes. I haven’t printed for a while so I spent yesterday churning out a few prints to get used to the whole process again.
Printing can get very messy and after yesterdays session I knew exactly how to organise my working area todayso that the ink didn’t get everywhere, including on the edges of new clean prints. I work on top of an old table top that I rescued from a junk pile in my next door neighbour’s garden. It’s the perfect surface to wok from. I rolled the ink directly onto the surface of the table to get the background colour.
I printed off each background sheet and left them to dry on the washing line outside whilst I did some more. I had to wait for each layer to dry before printing the next so I had some lunch. The first sheet had dried in a couple of hours
I fixed a base sheet onto the table and drew round the cassette template made from Lino. This meant that I could print off the layers in exactly the same position each time. I also fixed the paper at one end with masking tape so that I could lift the sheet/lower it without worrying about it being in a different position when I added the next colour.
I also cut up the Cassette lino into bits so that rolling up the separate colours would be easier to print.