Dry point

by maggie

I’ve signed up for some print classes at Morley College. We’ll be working thought the various techniques each week in the workshop, but we started with Drypoint. This is a good introductory technique as you can produce images quickly (as fast as you can draw). You also, start to learn the workshop and investigate intaglio printing.

There are a certain set of skills I wanted to learn during this term; mainly to do with aquatint and finding ways of making my monotypes more reproducible. I was all lined up to work on various pebble compositions and then I had a crisis – drypoint is all about the burr (the line). And for the last couple of years I haven’t been working with line.
Of course there are lots of ways to make tone, using the drypoint technique even though some of them have been edging into collagraph territory.
rummaging though the landlords carving/sculpture tools for things to attack the polycarbonate with. Sample plate to come

rummaging though the landlords carving/sculpture tools for things to attack the polycarbonate with. Sample plate to come

Here are some proofs and some plates to compare them too. I’ll be pulling more today so this post will get added to and then I get to decide what to take forward as we work though other techniques.

 

first plate first state. wiped with scrim. mostly needle, but some work with abrasive paper

first plate first state. wiped with scrim. mostly needle, but some work with abrasive paper. hand coloured

 

second state, more tone added with roller and various tools, use of masks, wiped with paper

second state, more tone added with roller and various tools, use of masks, wiped with paper


 

passing the plate through the press with abrasive paper creates texture. a mask creates the beginning of the composition

passing the plate through the press with abrasive paper creates texture. a mask is used to begin of the composition

 

'collage pebbles' are the guides for drawing details of the stone on the plate

‘collage pebbles’ are the guides for drawing details of the stone on the plate


 

this print is made by placing stick backed vinyl on the plate. ink is trapped in the thickness of the film and around the air bubbles caught under the film

an attempt to capture the second state plate of previous image, shape of stone and vein have been masked out an marks made in the void formally covered in vinyl

Find this print of this (and another mislaid pebble set) here.


 

i forgot i was going to photograph this plate before I stated to clean it. so you can see some of the labels with the different amount of ink take up. originally there was 'earth' electrical tape in the middle, green/yellow stripes

i forgot i was going to photograph this plate before I stated to clean it. so you can see some of the labels with the different amount of ink take up. originally there was ‘earth’ electrical tape in the middle, green/yellow stripes

 

explosion in a stationery cupboard. white shapes are shinny stickers

explosion in a stationery cupboard. or crispy bacon surprise – white shapes are shinny stickers

MER

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