printmaking update

I’ve not posted in awhile about my printmaking class.  It’s been a funny session.  There are 8 people in the class and its a very small space so it’s pretty hectic in the classroom.  Luckily we still have both Kamala (the instructor) and Joan (the TA) and they are both amazing, so we’re not lacking in help with our work and everyone taking the class is really nice.  But it feels like a dance trying to move from your table to the press to the sink to the supply cupboard and being Canadian and all I have to be very polite about it.  But it has been good and I’m gaining more confidence around the press, and with my work.  I’ve had a couple of really crappy nights but the last two classes have made up for it . . .

Reductive Linocut.  These make my head explode.  But I love love love the end results.  I needed to do a prairie scene because I had a sun in mind that I wanted to try, and I wanted the layering of the yellow and oranges.  I started with just a straight yellow etching ink then in each of the two subsequent runs I just added more red ink.  I’m thrilled with the results.  The last step is to cut your linoleum block down to the black lines, but I want finer detail than that can afford so I am just going to add the detail with pen.  (You can see the slight lines showing through, these are from the pen I used to draw on the lino, a mistake? or cool technique?  I’m thinking about it.  And even though I’ve cut the lino three times for each layer, I think I’ve figured out a way to make more prints using a monoprint with two colors then overlay the lino then do the pen work.  Are you as excited as I am?  I thought so.


Intaglio on the cheap (aka shellac plate etching)  This is a really fun technique especially if you love to sketch.  You basically sketch your drawing by “etching” out the shellac using a pointy object (I used a dental tool for this one).  Then you push the ink into the lines, wipe the plate clean, lay your wet paper over the plate and run it through the press.  I know I’ve talked about this technique before but it is cool.  Ages ago my friend Sophie had pointed me to this article over on the Daniel Smith website which describes an intaglio technique using watercolor pencils.  The idea of a sugar skull came from a discussion I was having with P’s art teacher.  I’m so pleased with the results because even though it looks like a pencil drawing, when you look closely you can see the bits of colored pencil all over the paper like sugar sprinkles gone awry.

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