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After the Printing is Done

The last impression of the last color has been completed. What next? Well, obviously, you let the ink dry. Depending on the ink and the number of layers this can take a couple of days or a week or more. Then, you begin the process of curation. Curation is the process of organizing all of the artifacts from the printing [...]

The Aesthetics of the Edge

I have always been fairly particular about the edges of the plate in my etchings.  When the image got to the point where it didn't need to go back in the etch again, I would pull out a file and clean the edges up.  First, long strokes perpendicular  to the face to make everything nice and straight.  Then cutting a [...]

Multiple colors, one plate

When I am decomposing an image for a woodcut, I usually cut one plate per color.  There are exceptions to this of course.  I will occasionally print one plate more than once with different inks, but the one-per-color approach dominates. It doesn't have to be done that way, however. One approach to multiple colors from a plate is to go to [...]

Cutting a plate

I thought I would post a video today showing the process I use to cut a plate for a woodcut.  The print in question here is a two plate, pseudo reduction print.  The image is one I was reworking on a smaller scale from a previous print.  I talked about the logic behind that here. The plate material here is [...]

Choosing Colors

I recently had a conversation with another artist about choosing colors.  My woodcuts tend to have fairly simple color schemes, (2-5 colors), so the color choice is important.  Perhaps surprisingly though, those decisions tend to happen fairly late in the process.  For much of the time that I am working on an image, I am treating it as a greyscale image, [...]

Punch Registration

Punch registration systems use a paper punch and registration pins to align paper and plates. I have experimented with this kind of system in the past, but I like to maintain the deckle edges on my paper, so the idea of trimming off the punches after printing did not hold a lot of appeal. On my most recent woodcut, I [...]

Artistic wiping

I was wiping a trial proof of a deeply etched plate the other day and got to thinking about the art of wiping. Much of the process of wiping is mechanical, so my mind often has time to wander. In this particular case, I was contemplating the difference between an 'artistic' wipe and a clean one.Historically some printmakers (Whistler comes [...]

Paper Prep

I spent part of the day today preparing paper for printing a new lithograph. This is a multi-stone image so registration concerns play a large part in the process. I am going to be printing on 280 gsm Rives BFK, so after counting out the correct number of sheets, I began to tear them to size. This paper in the [...]

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The Dynamics of Wiping

I was working on printing an edition yesterday and I had plenty of time to think about how the ink, plate and tarlatan (or your hand) interact during the process.When you first start to wipe after applying the ink (I use a silicon spatula for that) you are mostly using physical means to remove the ink. I like to think [...]