slightly wonky

All over the map…
February 18, 2011, 3:01 pm
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I made quite a few prints this week!  It’s also been a lovely 55 degree day today.  I think that we’re all giddy with the warmth and sunshine.  It does feel wonderful to look up and feel the warm sun on your face and a fresh breeze…as opposed to biting wind and frigid air that makes your eyeballs ice over.

So…dabbling.  Lots of dabbling this week.  The prints are all over the map.

This week, I had a class with Debra Olin.  She was wonderful!  So talented and fun.  You can see her work here.  She showed us stencil work, and chine colle.  Chine colle is sort of like collage, but one typically puts the pieces of paper to be glued onto the print not directly ON the print, but on the plate instead.  When the plate is rolled through the press, the glue backed chine colle pieces adhere to the print.  Very cool!  I didn’t do much of it.  Here is one with a collaged piece:

The large square is another piece of inked paper stuck on the larger print.  Neat! 

Here are some things that I did with stencils:

These were fun to do.  I’m definitely going to play around with this stuff some more.

I also tried a collagraph.  I wasn’t thrilled with it.  I kept trying to rework it to improve it.  A collagraph is a plate where things are stuck onto it, and those things are inked and a print/emboss is made from them.  Here it is:

It looks like a circus.  Hmmm…

In my other printmaking class, I made a couple of solarplates.   I was pretty lukewarm about these.  Also, you will notice in the brown print that there is a whitish margin.  This is caused from the solarplate having a slightly curved edge, which allows light to seep in and make that mark.  GRRRRR…shoddy plates.  So, next time, I may try making a smaller image, and then cutting the plate edges, to hopefully get rid of this problem.  VERY frustrating.

See the whitish margin?  Frustrating.  I was excited to do solarplates, because of the photographic possibilities.  But, I haven’t yet done anything that I’m thrilled with.  Perhaps the fact that I’ve only been printing them with one color…

This last print is one that I did at home.  You’ll notice the sort of washed out look of it.  This is because I hand burnish it, as I don’t have a press.  I looks okay.  I always seem to encounter some registration problem.  I’m still happy with it, though.

So, what do you think?  Do you like any of these?  Throw them all out?  Keep them?


Sepia tone series…
February 5, 2011, 12:55 pm
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In spite of the fact that this was the week from h*ll, I did manage do get some prints done.  The majority of my week consisted of leaden snow, a feverish preschooler, a cocoon of ice, and general malaise.  I had two, brief moments of peace…my two printmaking classes!  I am SO lucky that, though kindness of my family, I was able to go to both.  Otherwise, we probably would have had a scene here not unlike “The Shining“.

My prints this week are in sepia tone.  I think that this subdued color resonated with me.  I just wanted something simple, straightforward, familiar…and perhaps, easy.  There is a certain recognizable comfort to this color…

The prints which are a street scene in Venice, were printed from a drypoint plate.  The test plates of the hand are from solarplates.  Both are intaglio, which means that ink is pressed into the grooves in the plate, with the excess wiped away.  Just the ink in the grooves is printed (primarily).  The first print of the Venice scene has too much ink in it.  It’s too dark, and the detail is lost.  The ghost print of the Venice scene (a ghost print is a second printing, without adding more ink), has more detail.  I also manipulated it afterward with a watery tone to the sky and piazza.  This makes this print a “monoprint“, where there is a combination of repeatable, and non-repeatable marks.

This was SUCH a tough week.  I’m glad that it’s over.  I hope that I can have some kind of normal schedule next week.  This art endeavour is challenging enough…without having only fragments of free time to work, and no space to set up.  I know.  “Waah”. 



and the ghost print:


test prints of my hand drawing…hopefully i’ll have one printed next week!

I don’t think that there is a big difference between any of these exposures…


I’m trying to convince my DH that we should hire someone to finish the basement.  So far, no success…I’ll just have to keep working out of the large tupperware bins stacked in our dining room, a.k.a. my workspace.  CHAOS!  I don’t think that our home is going to be featured in Elle Decor any time soon…

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