It is all in the details

I spent the morning printing the second color on a lithograph. As I was working, I was struck by how much you have to be paying attention to the subtle details to get things to print consistently and well.The first thing that I noticed was that I was rolling too fast. Color ink is always all over the place in [...]

Dimensional Stability

I was reminded the other day of the challenges presented by working with paper. Frankly, it was a reminder I would have lived without, but I guess it was good for me. The fundamental problem is this: paper changes size. Painters have the same problem to an extent. The cotton or linen substrate that they paint on absorbs moisture from [...]

Mise en place

Mise en place is a concept from the culinary industry. It refers to the process of preparing all of the tools and ingredients for a dish before beginning to cook. The vegetables have been portioned and chopped; the meat is cleaned and proportioned; the spices gathered; the pots and utensils gathered. In short, everything is ready and in easy reach [...]

What’s in a Name?

Sometimes, coming up with a good title for a new print can be a challenge. While not every artist does it, I always make it a point to title my work. At one point I struggled to come up with titles. People who looked at my work would see machines, or buildings, or factories, or any number of other things. [...]

Editioning

I spent most of the day today printing an edition of the engraving I did earlier in the week. Editioning is an essential part of the art of printmaking. The idea is to make each print as nearly identical as possible. The edition begins with the bon à tirer (from French for 'good to pull'). This is a proof that [...]

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