Monday, 17 June 2013
Having a cuppa with Amanda a week or so ago, it was decided we would have a printing day - when family commitments and diaries allowed! So last Friday I lugged my newly acquired printing inks, rollers, cards and papers, and carved lino plates round to her's and after much nattering and coffee consuming we set to work. We compared the inks I had purchased with the oil-based ones Amanda uses, and I chose my turquoise initially, to which I added some cerise which made a more purply colour. Then I tried Amanda's black which was tackier to use and is actually better quality than mine - though once printing got under way my more liquid ink printed quite nicely.
The work station! Amanda is indeed a Kitchen Table crafts-person. But it all works well.
It's quite tough turning the handle as the block goes through the wringers, but I eventually got the hang of it. It must be quite exhausting to print a long run .
The Drying Room! What an ingenious piece of kit - I need one!
We stopped for a lovely lunch of home-made cheese scones and ham rolls, and I took a cheese-cake which we FORCED ourselves to sample! Then on to more printing and nattering. (much of the latter.)
A completely gratuitous shot of some of Amanda's herbs. Love the blue of the planter at the back.
It was a lovely day, the sun shone and we printed and chatted happily until it was time for Amanda to nip off on the School Run. I'm very pleased with my results, I can't show you Amanda's as she is working on something new. Thank you so much for a brilliant day, Amanda, coffee at mine next time! And now I really am on a roll with this link-cut printing lark; hopefully will be at Sue K's having a go on our own very soon.
If any of you haven't already checked out Amanda's work here (hopefully) is the link!
Next blog post about the Mollies at Welborne Arts Festival coming soon!