Ogdred Weary

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Ogdred Weary, detail, by Amy Crook

Ogdred Weary, detail, by Amy Crook

This print combines two printing techniques for a singular layered result. First the colors were painted onto a blank acrylic plate with monoprint inks and the  piece was run through the printing press. Then, a deep-bite etched intaglio plate was inked and the already-printed page was run through a second time, which left the textured black impression overlaying the color. It can be a very precise process, but I never was a very precise artist, so you can see that the two plates don’t quite align on the page, which accents the loose style of the print itself.

I only ever made one print like this one, but it’s one of my favorite images to have come out of my explorations with printmaking. I named it after an Edward Gorey pseudonym, because the image reminded me of some tentacled beast that might live in a pond in one of his delightfully morbid picture books. My favorite of his is The Gashlycrumb Tinies, because it opens with, “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.”

Ogdred Weary, 3″x3″ etching and monoprint on 7″x10″ watercolor paper.

Ogdred Weary by Amy Crook

Ogdred Weary by Amy Crook

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  1. […] I also used one of my etching plates, the same one that shows up in very different contexts in Ogdred Weary and Elements. Instead of inking into the deep grooves of the plate, I used the same brayer (ink […]