| lina | 29 | queer | a work in progress |
So in traditional Japanese printmaking, you use nori paste along with a pigment, usually watercolor/gouache nowadays, in order to make beautiful layers of transparent color and achieve shadows and whatnot. But most people in Japan from what I can find, carve on wood. And IIiiiI do not live in Japan. So I was like....Will the nori paste be enough to get the pigment to stick?
The answer is YES
I've tried it out with dye and pigment based paint and they both work! This makes printmaking in color so much more viable to me (and other people starting out) because even buying student grade colors will produce archival work that wont fade due to acids in the paint! So much more cost effective!!!!
Plus western printmaking ink is, by design, is so fricken thick and opaque. You have to buy a whole other thing to make it transparent. Great for line work/flat colors/key blocks but out of the tube or pot its pOOP for layering >:L it make me sad face.
If anyone wants to try it out:
30g starch (traditionally this is rice starch but you can technically use any food grade starch)
A tablespoon or so of hydrogen peroxide(for preservation)
More water for thinning
Mix the starch and water before you start heating. Then heat that bitch over mid/low heat, continuously stirring until the bottom just starts to thicken then immediately take it off the heat. This took about 4 minutes for me. Move it to a container to cool, add in the peroxide and store in the fridge. The nori paste as is is WAY too thick for use, so thin it out as you need it. You want to aim for a consistency that it will slowly drip off your stirring instrument .
HERE'S a link for the nori paste recipe
waterfall is back!
walking home in the middle of the night in the rain listening to florence and the machine is a whole mood
WAIT WAIT WAIT I FOUND SOME
behold this small sample of the absolute madness I willingly inflicted upon myself last year!!lina
omg so many plaaaaaaannnnttttssssss <3