Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Another thrilling installment on Printmaking....

as in not to do can but try !!!

Here's the print

Yeay as I said's one of the prints I finally entered for the British miniprint 2011.

On reflection I think it didn't have enough variation of tone ( which is never my strongest point !!)

I made it using a pre rocked mezzotint plate that I purchased from Intaglio Printmakers in London.
An 18 x 20 cm plate is listed on there as costing £82.00 .......which I think must be a mistake.  Because the ones I bought a few years ago were about £15  each I seem to remember.  I still have two of them I must have felt a bit more well off then because I wouldn't buy something like that now.
What's ironic is that after spending ages making two of the 3 miniprints  I submitted  - I then put in another miniature version of a print I had already done but of which I none the less was very fond of ..

Its called Obdurate Heart and is about homelessness or being stateless ( as in being a refugee)  I had to do 32 attempts to get the colour and size etc printed out correctly - don't let anyone kid you, that inkjet print is an easy option...........

Anyway it was this one the pinkie - that got selected and not the other two which I had spent ages working on.  The catalogue which they made to accompany the exhibition wasn't  too bad I think you can download it as a PDF if you are interested in seeing all the works that were selected to be in the show.


  1. I have enjoyed watching the whole prosess.thanks for the sharing!

  2. HI, Aine:
    Let me know if you have received my message.
    Yes, the Okawara paper is translucent, yellowish and very resistent. NOrmally, Japanese papers are used as chine collee.
    We use it in the shop quite a lot since it gets the ink very well.
    We purchase it at Hiromi paper. It´s a company from the US and they are Japanese and Eastern paper supplier. Here you are the website:
    About the drypoint, it is the simplest way to start with intaglio techniques. YOu need a copper plate and with an etching needle you have to scratch the plate with it. The most strong you scratch, the more dark areas get the plate. The lines have a burr, this is a very tipycal feature of the drypoint technique.
    Hope it works.


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