“blooming” errors

Working away at the little pronto plates, trying to get a batch of consistant prints was driving me a bit mad.  I have since learned, from Curtis Bartone, a printmaker and professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, who introduced me to this technique with his lickity-split, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy demo, that some of my errors are caused by adding too much ink on the plate and not adding enough magnesium, well actually, not adding any magnesium to the litho ink that I was using.   Apparently I need to add enough to let my ink break off from the palette knife after 2 inches and not have it pull up like ooey sticky taffy.  If the ink is too sticky I will get what is called “blooming”, and I believe that is what I have in the very front image.IMG_1090


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