Making transparent colors and a show

This week, I was in the print studio twice. 

I've been printing with soy based inks (Akua) onto of my eco printed paper. I'm not 100% pleased with the results. They're good, but I want to build up transparent layers and the soy ink tends to be too loose and spreads too much, I'm not getting the fine details I want. 

The images below show some prints with the Akua inks.

Eco print then monoprinted with Catalpa leaves and Akua inks.

Eco print then monoprinted using a dried Catalpa leaf and Akua inks.

small eco prints then monoprinted using dried catalpa leaf and Akua inks


On Wed. I met with a professional printmaker to help me understand how to mix oil based inks so that I can make a beautiful transparent color.
I was avoiding using oil based inks on my prints mostly because I didn't want to use mineral spirits for clean up. However these days, my print cooperative has adopted environmentally friendly practices and use vegetable oil, simple green, and a mix of vinegar and water to clean up one's area after using inks. (There are other 'green' procedures in the studio as well).

I like using the oil based inks far better because I can control the ink and the transparency so much more easily. If you look very closely at the photo below, you can see a very faint film of green on the glass. Ah...transparency achieved with oil based ink. 

So happy that I can make the eco prints even more beautiful.

And here are two of my prints after having used oil etching inks. 

Eco print then mrnoprinted using 2 dried Catalpa leaves with oil based inks.

Eco print then mrnoprinted using 2 dried Catalpa leaves with oil based inks.

A gallerist stopped in to the studio a few weeks ago and loved the prints. 

She asked me whether I'd like to have a gallery show. 

I'll be showing the a collection of my favorite prints on  Feb. 2015 at Stillpoint Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.