Friday, August 18, 2017

Fly
Drypoint on Stonehenge Paper
plate size 2 1/4 x 2 3/4"
edition of 8
8 available

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Duck
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 5 1/2 x 4"
edition of 6
6 available

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spider
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 20 1/4 x 2"
edition of 6
5 available


The plate for this print was made with a strip of a dog food bag turned inside out. The technical name for this material is BoPET, or biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate.  I glued the strip to a piece of mat board, then scratched the image onto the surface with a scalpel. The roughened areas where the dog food had abraded the BoPET left a nice texture that caused the ink to adhere to the plate, so the marks on the wall behind the spider thread were built in before I drew the image.  

Once again, I've used a pasta maker as a printing press.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Instructional Video: Printing with a Pasta Maker

Here's a little video I made:


Materials required:
- Pasta maker
- Printmaking paper
- Akua Intaglio Ink
- A scalpel or other sharp tool
- A piece of clear plastic from a food container (it should say PET somewhere on the container)
- Newsprint for protecting your work surface
- Tissue paper for wiping
- A drawing or photo to trace
- A piece of card stock or other heavy paper
- Water
- Sandpaper (optional)

Fish
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper, NFS

Friday, August 4, 2017

Orleans Park
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 5 1/4 x 4" 
edition of 9
6 available

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Drypoint with a pasta maker

I have been experimenting with a printmaking technique called Drypoint.  Instead of working on a traditional metal etching plate, I've scratched a piece of plastic with the tip of a scalpel to create the image. When intaglio ink is spread onto the plate and rubbed away with a piece of tissue paper, the scratches retain the ink.


Since I don't have a printing press, I've used a pasta maker to roll a damp piece of Stonehenge printmaking paper against the plastic. The rollers provide enough pressure to transfer the inked image onto the paper.  Here's the result:

Field Mouse, plate size 3 x 3"
Drypoint, edition of 10
5 available