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I have been busy editioning several new prints over the last little bit. It seems like I have had more work in progress, and less finished. I am sort of catching up on the backlog.


North Lake Way
Color Woodcut
21 7/8″ x 14 1/4″
Edition of 10
Copyright 2010, Dean Russell Thompson

This is a three plate color woodcut, with all three plates cut on 1/2″ MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). The MDF was prepped by applying a coat of thinned shellac, followed by a thin coat of acrylic gesso. After cutting, the plate was sealed with a second coat of shellac. This is the method I have been using for all of my plates as of late, and it seems to work well. This is a rare example of a print where everything goes right. All three plates were right on the first pass, and I only did one trial proof for color.


Public Works, 1932
Color Woodcut
10 3/4″ x 23 1/4″
Edition of 10
Copyright 2010, Dean Russell Thompson

This image is a concrete arch bridge on California Highway 1, just south of Carmel.In contrast, this is a case where nearly everything was wrong. It is a two plate color woodcut. The first plate is 1/2″ CDX plywood. Some surface areas were partially filled with wood putty before being sealed with shellac. The second plate is 1/2″ MDF, prepped as before. I wasn’t happy with the way the image was developing and ended up cutting each plate twice, discarding the first one in both instances. In one case, I changed plate material, in the other case, I wanted to add back in some areas that I had cut away. I color proofed it three different times before I was satisfied with the color scheme. It is editioned on Rives BFK, warm white, 280 gsm weight. The paper is 22″x30″ so it has a hefty margin.

I printed the edition here with less pressure than I have been using and with no blanket. The edition paper was backed with a second sheet of BFK and I fudged the plate in a couple of places with a few small strips of blotter placed under the plate.

About the Author:

Dean Russell Thompson is an Artist and Printmaker working in Loveland, CO.

One Comment

  1. Amie Roman April 19, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Fantastic new editions, Dean!! These are just great. I like the composition and colours North Lake Way.

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