Friday, December 17, 2010

I can get ink off my hands...

I discovered something amazing the other day that I thought I'd share.

Sometimes in the course of printing I make some silly mistake and get ink on my hands. Those of you who have worked with letterpress ink, or other similar messes, know that it is difficult to clean up off your skin. I have, in the past, thrown caution to the wind and used California Wash... but I get the feeling that it's not such a good idea.

Enter, Witch Hazel. I use it on my face nightly, and the other day I had the idea to try it on the ink on my hands. It worked! Not as well as the toxic cleaners, but it worked!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

it was an adventure indeed.

So that, my friends, is a close-up of a messy experiment. Inspired by my dear friend Rachel and her creations, I decided to try out a non-consistent color for the AIM business cards. (This basically involved slopping a very small amount of contrasting color on the ink disk repeatedly.)

Here you can see the mottled color on the roller, and the plate I used to make the cards. It was more fun than I can express, and the whole experience was exactly what the Adventures in Making blog is all about.

However, in typical Alison fashion, I bit off more than I could chew, and decided to duplex each card individually. (I will not be doing this again.)

But at last, ta da. A fun card for what I hope will be a fun (and useful) blog. (Each card is unique and backed with one of three bright colors. I hope to do the same in other color combos when I go back to the press.)

Oh, and while I have your attention- I'm giving free greeting cards to contributors over at AIM.