a map of hyper-space

Talking not Doing


I have even less idea about what I’m doing for this dry point thing than I did last week, so I thought that if I posted some pictures of work in progress at least I’d have done some work.


Here are two tessellation origami. on the left: basic right angle twist fold [ smallest version of tessellation on the link.], on the right wind farm. [ not technically origami as you have to cut the paper. ] both from left over paper from the paper fight.


I’ve covered both papers with aluminium tape to protect them from the printing process. lucky the tape is as wide as two squares of the design so the tape edges won’t interfere too badly. I’ve used the tape to stop the folds from lifting up and getting ink underneath. It works better than glue and varnish. The printed image is made from the ink caught in the differences in the number of paper layers.

I’m still dragging my feet making anymore plates for the drypoint suite, but as I’ve just finished cobbling together this post I should have more motivation.

I had some vague ideas about this plate before I started and I’m please with how it turned out. Staring at all those pictures of space had it’s use. First I attacked the polycarbonate with a fine jigsaw blade to make the big diagonals. Then I used stickers to mask  areas I didn’t want to be marked up. Those areas become celestial bodies. The circular white marks are drill holes – we’ve yet to see how they print. I’ve used scalpels, needles and awls to make the tonal marks. I might put this plate through the press with some sandpaper to get an overall tone, before I ink it.


these plates are really difficult to photograph, because there are just little scratches on the surface of a transparent plate.

But I did discover two new ways of examining the plate as I cut it. In this photo the light source is between the plate and a black background. The white marks should print and the paper stickers remain white along with the black background.

This image is a projection. A strong light is shone through the plate onto a black page. The shadows show what will be printed, except the stickers area.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings, when I print the plate.


Magic Squares?

This post will definitely make more sense when i’ve posted last week’s exciting episode.
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Magic Squares!

In November I sort of ground to a halt with the star chart stuff and put it to the side for bit. This january half term teacher is leading another dry point suite class. The last one ended up as a book. I thought I could make some bits for J11D, which could stand alone by themselves.jana-11 Read the rest of this entry »

Upcycling – part 3

In the third week of the class I finally got the size of block I had asked for week one. because I couldn’t soak the blocks before class I only got an afternoons worth of printing done. The work produced therefore is a bit of everything from the last two weeks of the course. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcycling – the road not travelled

One thing the laser cutter does really well is cut out what every lines you give it. That’s because its computer controlled, and so works as well as any tool that isn’t hand guided. Here a bunch of circles, ellipses and rectangles were drafted directly into the laser’s software and cut out. It is then possible to manipulate the resulting shapes as you like.

these shapes reassemble into a 28 x 32 cm rectangle

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Upcycling – Part 2

The plot thickens. Or maybe it’s just the overall level of confusion and wilful ignorance.


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Upcycling – Part 1

Knocking around the print studio at Morley college for the last year has been a big red box. It’s actually a laser cutter and one the staff have been reluctant to let the students play with – what with the fire risk and blinding hazard and all.

Over  the first three weeks of December, the department have run a short course of relief printing with an exploration of the laser cutter’s capacity at the heart of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Night on a bare mountain

Here’s a quick up date on an etching plate that’s had very slow progress.


Apologies for the terrible scan. The print got folded up on the journey home.

Bu it really is a very dark image. And only a bit darker than i had an anticipated. I used white ground to build up the composition over an aquatint before etching. White Ground is a mixture of chalk, oil and soap; only i think my recipe must be a bit wrong because it makes these tiny white bubbles instead of more solid areas of white. only the light reflected on the lake in the centre of the image has any solidity.

It’s kind of getting there composition wise. I’ve got to sit down with the plate and burnish some areas paler for highlights. And, maybe borrow a roulette for the shadows. And do something with the sky, because there is much more of it than in the original drawing.

Update: 20 Dec

Here’s some rather enthusiastic burnishing. And possibly over wiping. I did try the roulette for the ‘invisible’ bat over the tree but at didn’t work out. The plate now has a hard ground on and part of my holiday chores will be working back into the over done areas. Here come the dots    .   . . …….. . .      .       .                    .    ..  . . .       . so many tiny dots.


it’s so weird how it changes it’s appearance as it changes scale. the plate is almost A4, the original sketch is A6

The bat in the centre of the image definitely needs to be knocked back a long with the lumpy grass on the right, and the mountainside in the centre. I’m sure i could tinker with this for ever.

And put a proper bevel on the poor thing.


Losing the Plot (a bit)

I’ve been struggling with the star charts, and so they have fallen away somewhat while i’ve dealt with all the other projects I’ve managed to involve my self with. It’s taken awhile to get everything sorted out it my head let alone on paper, so this is why this post is being written in January even though the problem arose in November.* Read the rest of this entry »

Signaling from mars


oragne?/orange… and that’s a little book of Fabriano paper, the one thing in this project that isn’t orange 

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