Posts Tagged ‘polar’

“Polar 2” struggles

December 17, 2008

polar21Today I began my first color trials for the print I’m calling polar 2. You can see the 3 polymer photo etched plates above. On the left they’ve been inked in black but not wiped. They’re sitting on a magnetic sheet so they won’t slip around. In the center image they’ve been wiped with tarleton, a stiff cheese cloth, and are ready to print. On the right are the 3 plexi plates for adding color. They were cut to match the polymer plates exactly, but after I beveled them, they no longer match. Off by about 1/16th-1/8th inch. Plus, my beveling tool grabbed the plexi making little divets in it. So it’s back to TAP Plastics for re-cutting and professional beveling. I pulled 2 proofs today, both of which were unsuccessful but instructive.  In addition to the mis-matched plates, the color was too opaque Days like this feel like failure, but they provide important feedback.

Friends & Street Folk

December 15, 2008


Morning at home. Later dashed to Kala to measure the copper plates I have ready for my next print (working title: polar 2). Then to TAP Plastics to have matching plexi plates cut. Closed on Sundays! After wrapping a gift, I went to Susie Cole’s for our annual Fungus Flats (Camp Augusta, our Camp Fire Girls Camp in Grass Valley) Holiday Party and gift exchange. On the way out, in the brisk night air, Joan Henley and I were talking memories. I encouraged her to join our Wednesday afternoon Golden Room (see to start writing hers. Because that made me remember my blog, I went back to Susie’s (everyone had left by then) to take a symbolic photo of our annual get together. Then home.

As I pulled into my drive way I noticed two “grocery cart guys” scrambling to move out of my way, or to stop doing whatever they were doing. I stopped my car in the driveway, got out, and offered them each a cookie from the tin I’ve been keeping in my front seat especially for this purpose. They each eagerly took one. I asked why they were out so late at night. Too rainy earlier in the day to do their recycling, they said. They thanked me for the cookies.

Friday at Kala

December 7, 2008

kala12-07-083Friday I got to Kala early, hoping to get one of the large presses in a work area that includes a radio. I scored. I arrived at 11 am and stayed until 9 pm, the third of my ten hour days! Four different plates make up this print (no real title yet: working title is polar 1). I haven’t made a final decision about the colors. Thursday was the deeoer blue experiment (shown at left). Printing is very physical work -getting the blankets on and off the press, setting the press pressure, mixing inks, inking and wiping four plates, soaking and blotting the paper, loading the print drier, and cleaning up the happy mess (seen at far left).  I crept home, muscles aching after a long work out, and promptly began back stretching exercises. You can see Favianna Rodriguez and her assistant in the back.