Posts Tagged ‘etching’
Friday, September 24th, 2010
One of the easiest way to etch a printing plate is called dry point, where you basically draw on the softer metal of the plate with a sharp steel point, creating grooves in the plate. These never last very long, I only got half a dozen prints out of it (I did 2 editions, 3 each of the black and white, below, and the color, above), but there’s something very satisfying about working directly with the material this way.
The color edition was created by carefully rubbing the inks just into the parts of the plate where I wanted them, and then taking care not to overly clean off the excess, leaving the soft glow of yellow on Pooh bear, as well as the gentle shading on the greenery.
This was actually my very first attempt at printmaking, and I wasn’t sure what to do, so I drew two of my most favorite characters. I’ve given away the rest of the edition so I only have the two examples left, which I’m choosing not to sell because of the copyright still surrounding A. A. Milne’s wonderful characters.
Pooh and Piglet Picking Violets, 10″x6″ etching on watercolor paper, not for sale.
Monday, August 9th, 2010
This etching plate was cut from a larger “found” plate. When I found the abandoned piece, this particular image jumped out at me, so when I cut the plate into smaller pieces, I saved this one out. It’s printed onto a piece of handmade paper with little strands of human hair (a lock cut from a classmate, iirc). The paper has gorgeous natural edges, and would look great floated on a black matte and framed, though right now it’s just loose.
I feel like it would be giving something away to tell you what I see when I look at the piece, instead of letting you find your own images. I will say that there’s an element of anima, of the manitou, in it for me. What do you see?
What You See, 2″x2″ etching on 6″x9″ handmade paper, $349 with free shipping.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
These three tiny etching plates were hand inked and arranged to go through the printing press together, creating a one-of-a-kind print. Each etching plate is only an inch or an inch and a half square, the images floating in the center of the white page.
The top plate was painstakingly inked so that each aquatinted curl of “smoke” got its own colour, and then the two subsequent plates — both etchings with added aquatint — were inked with the same colors to complement the first. Together the three separate decorative motifs give a different meaning and presentation than any one piece would singly.
Patterns and Symbols, 8″x12″ etching on watercolor paper, $299 with free shipping.
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