I got some printing done earlier this week. I had two log slices prepared for printing both a little smaller than ones I have used before. One of the slices had developed an interesting split and the other had wonderful grain patterns where there were branches on the tree. I printed a series of 9 of each and was very satisfied with how they turned out. In preparation for printing the log slices are sanded, scorched with a blowtorch and then wire brushed. This leaves the log slice with a slightly raised grain, perfect for printing. I use water based ink and a good quality, fairly thick paper.
Inked logs ready for printing.
When I print, I use my fingers to apply pressure, this way I can feel the log shape and any ups and downs. As I burnish the paper, the pattern of the grain becomes visible which helps to make sure I don't miss any spots. Sometimes I use the back of a spoon to burnish the paper too. It is a real workout for my arm but I enjoy this connection to the piece.
You can see these latest prints in my Etsy shop HERE.