Pentagram print, & failures

I did this last night, on some faux-parchment paper I had lying around. It’s done with Japanese carving vinyl, and I’m quite pleased with the way most of it turned out – the four styles of interlocking lines distinguish themselves nicely, and I managed to get cutlines where I wanted them and not where I didn’t. (Cutlines – the traces from clearing vinyl from the blank areas, rather than the relief outline forming the main design.)

However, I managed to do something bloody stupid, which is that I forgot completely that the design would be mirrored. Normally it doesn’t matter with my work, but this particular one completely fails to work when the pattern goes anticlockwise instead of clockwise.

Pentagram 1 on parchment

Here’s a version flipped sideways in the Gimp, to show how it would have worked if it had, you know, worked at all.

Pentagram 1 on parchment (flipped deosil)

I did half a dozen prints onto different papers, and learnt one other thing doing this – the flower petal inclusions in the nice handmade paper aren’t very firmly included.


3 Responses

  1. It would probably work OK though, if you use it to print onto T-shirt transfer paper to make T-shirts with.

    As for handmade paper with petal inclusions, you probably ought to size the paper first with a spray-on fixative then print onto that. I'd advise testing with scraps first though to see how the ink/paint takes over the fixative.

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