Monday, 2 July 2007
I apply the ink to the cut lino block with a roller - the ink is rolled onto a sheet of glass to load the roller and to judge its stickiness. This is so hard to describe in words, but I judge whether the stickiness is just right by the sound that the roller makes as it rolls across the inked glass; and the friction between roller and the glass.
The ink is then rolled evenly on the block. Too dry and it won't cover the surface evenly and will be patchy when transferred to the paper; too wet and it will ooze into the carved lines on the block and squash out when pessed onto the paper making the lines unclear.