Friday, September 25, 2009

Ink Control

In classes, when students are inking up their wood blocks, they have a tendency to roll out their ink much further than they need to. They have so much fun rolling the brayer, that they end up spreading out the ink too much. It's somewhat wasteful, but also isn't necessary to roll out the ink so far.  The diameter of typical classroom brayers isn't very large, so to get an even coat of ink, the brayer only has to be rolled ten inches or so at the most.

One of my students, "Simone" is an art teacher, and said she put down tape on the glass to keep her students from rolling the brayer too far. I thought it was a great idea, and put it to use as you can see below. 

The yellow ink is getting a little too spread out, but the peach ink is nicely contained within the tape boundaries

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