|"Inked" plate ready to go...|
I've used markers to ink plates before, but I just got a set of Mr. Sketch watercolor markers. And after all the great things I've read about them, I couldn't wait to try them out. They work beautifully for inking foam plates! The trick is that you have to print on damp paper (NOT wet...see below). It took me a few attempts to figure out exactly how damp the paper should be to yield successful results. (Note: Lay printing plate flat and lay damp paper on top of plate, pressing gently all over without moving the paper.)
Here are a few photos showing my experiments with various degrees of wet/damp paper.
|Print #1: On dry paper, just for comparison.|
|Print #1: I dipped the paper in the sink, let it drip|
a bit, laid it on newspaper to soak up a bit of water,
then laid it on the plate. Didn't work so well.
|Print #3: I laid dry paper on the inked plate, then |
sprayed water on the paper. Again, not so good.
|Print #4: Woohoo! Success!! I dipped the paper in |
the sink, then pressed it between newspaper until it
no longer dripped. Then I laid the damp paper on
top of the inked plate, pressed gently to transer the
image, and lifted the print.