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Ghosts

Updated: Apr 12, 2018

Ghost printing (or printing the Cognate to be more technical) is the process of taking a second print from a single application of ink. The result is unpredictable, but can be beautifully subtle. Where a textured mask is used, the ink trapped under the mask can produce a darker image against a lighter background. Here's an example:


The first print uses a blended roll across the bottom third of the plate, masked with strands of dried kikuyu grass. The second print is taken from the same plate after the first print has been pulled and the kikuyu grass mask has been removed. Whereas the first print is bold and crisp, the second is more subtle and varied.

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