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The Long and the Short of it

In my last post, I mentioned briefly a couple of characteristics of printing ink.  I thought I would take a little bit and elaborate on them, as well as on a couple of the materials that can be used to adjust those characteristics. I should mention here that I basically use two types of ink in my studio:  Etching ink [...]

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, [...]

Why printmaking?

A recent comment on Amie Roman's blog makes the claim that printmaking, as an art form 'is dead'. This was in response to an entry where she discussed reproductions vs. original prints. I have written on this topic myself. This got me thinking. Why am I a printmaker? Other than the investment in presses I mean. What was it about [...]

Ink and Color

I read an interesting article today about color. Specifically about color and paint, but it can easily be extrapolated to ink. It was written by Sarah Sands at Golden Artist Colors and appears in the new issue of Just Paint, a newsletter produced by the staff at Golden.I would recommend it to any artist, but I wanted to summarize a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Carborundum Print

A couple of months ago, I wrote about some experimentation I had done with collagraphic media. Subsequently, I used the technique in a print that I have not editioned yet, and I am just finishing the editioning of a new work executed completely as a carborundum print. The process is relatively straight forward. I used Golden Heavy Acrylic Gel Medium [...]

Problems

Every now an then, every artist runs into problems (or at least every artist who is looking at their work with a critical eye). They may be technical problems. They may be composition problems. They may be color problems. They may be all of these. The question is, how do we deal with them? Do we let them defeat us [...]