Rolling mill

atoz-r The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is rolling well, and so is my Rolling mill.

This is one of my major investments, in terms of tools and equipment, and I love it!

Most of all, it allows me to press metal sheet into whatever dimension I want, so it is very practical.

You can also roll to get patterns on metal. First make a pattern on for example copper, and then press that pattern onto a silver sheet. Or you can press paper, lace, leaves or other things, to leave an imprint on the metal.

I like colour print work too. I did some workshops and courses in the past, mostly linoleum, but I also had the chance to try mezzotint once. Making a colour print and pressing  pattern on metal are different things, but there is something in the process that attracts me.

1. The surface: A tiny difference in the surface creates enough depth for the eye to see a pattern (on jewellery) or to determine where the ink goes and thereby define the image (in a print). I like how subtle it is.

2. The positive/negative: The final result (whether that is on metal sheet or on paper) is the opposite of what you work on. You prepare the reverse of what you want to achieve. For example, on linoleum, the area you cut will get no ink, so it is white on the print. I like that you have to think the other way around.

3. The “piece in between”: For jewellery, that is the sheet you make the first pattern on, that you will then roll against your actual work piece. For print, it is the linoleum/copper/(other) sheet, on which you cut/etch the image, then add ink to make the print. While working on this “piece inbetween”, you do not yet see the result, and that makes it so exciting. And if you need to adjust something afterwards, you have to go back to that first piece and change something there, and then press/print again. I like this  “indirect” process, and how the result is kept secret for a while.

Here below two print making videos I found that I like very much, they simply show the artists doing their print work:

Linoleum print demonstration by Jess (one of the nice things with lino cut is that you can print it at home, without a press, as you can see in this video) and Printing Mezzotint, which requires a real print press, but gives the most amazing results.

A to Z will rest tomorrow, and be ready to roll again on Monday.

5 thoughts on “Rolling mill

  1. Wow, you have a rolling mill! Thanks for sharing your wonderful world with us.

    Damyanti, Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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