I DREW the Fiffle-Triggy yesterday in order to try out a method of producing artwork
for print; for instance if you were drawing a comic strip for reproduction in a newspaper.
As you can see (below), I printed a pale blue version of my pen and ink drawing,
then added washes of red and blue (as described on my ‘ink bottles’ page). I scanned
this colour-only image then, in Photoshop, superimposed the pure black drawing on
As you can see from the detail (above), I didn’t get the registration spot-on. This
is probably because the paper (100gsm colour copy from my laser printer) was distorted
when I painted it, even though I stretched the A4 sheet by spraying it very lightly
with water then stuck it with gum-strip to a drawing board.
I like the graphic effect the out of register ‘overprinting’ of the black but I need
to find a way of getting it spot-on, perhaps by using registration marks in each
corner and ‘re-stretching’ the colour image to fit in Photoshop.
Use an old palette when you’re working with Indian ink; it doesn’t clean up easily.
Note: I scanned the black pen drawing at 600 dpi, otherwise the lines might look
jagged when printed.