I was lucky enough to have an abundant supply of ink at college and now I'm having to find my way through the myriad of choices available. I enjoy working with oil-based inks as I feel the coverage is better so I have bought a new tin of oil-based black ink from Gerstaecker. The only draw back to using oil-based ink is that you have to use solvents to clean your equipment and the lino. I use low odour white spirit, but this can still be smelt around the house for a fair few hours after I've cleaned up for the day. So, I've decided to experiment with a water based ink too. This is much easier to clean up after use, but I’d like to compare the ink finish. I think I’ll produce something small just to be able to compare like for like.
I’ve also bought a new baren, rather than plastic I’ve opted for a Japanese hand rubber baren. I’m used to using a printing press but I don’t have the luxury of one at home, so for the time being I’ll be using a lot of ‘elbow grease’ to burnish my prints by hand. I'm on the look out for a press and am currently saving for one, burnishing by hand is a longer process than using the presss and as my time is restricted, I want to make the best use of it.
So, with time constraints on my mind, I’m off to draw and design my next print.