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The Press at the Press (Part 2)

There are two presses in my studio. I talked previously about my etching press, which is the larger of the two. The other press is a Lithographic ('litho') press.  It is a Takach-Garfield press with a 34" x 60" bed.  At first glance, it would seem to be very similar to the etching press, but a closer look will show [...]

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 [...]

Northern Pacific

I completed a new edition today. Northern Pacific is an image of a railroad drawbridge, in the raised position, near the Port of Seattle. It is a three plate color woodcut. All three plates are 1/2" MDF, sealed with shellac, a thin coat of acrylic gesso and then a second coat of shellac applied after cutting. It is printed on [...]

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 [...]

Starting something new

I was back in the studio today after a short break for travel to the San Francisco Bay area (where, by the way, I visited the Crown Point Press gallery). Just before I left I completed a couple of editions, so today was the start of something new.In many ways, days like today are very energizing. I spent some time [...]

Non-toxic printmaking

Green is the thing these days. Many artists are concerned with the toxicity of their materials. With good reason. In years past, many artists poisoned themselves with lead, cadmium, dust or solvents. The manipulation of plates and stones has the potential to expose printmakers to more than their fair share of nasty stuff.As a result, many printmakers are switching to [...]

Original Prints, Limited Editions and Giclées

Prints, Original Prints, Limited Editions and Giclées. There is a turbulent flow of terminology at work here, and it sometimes is not used very precisely, accurately (or even ethically). Yet it is important to understand the lay of the land before you go to purchase a print or you might not be able to ask the right questions.I am going [...]

Decisions, Decisions

When you get right down to it, being an artist is about seeing and about deciding. A work of art becomes interesting when it helps us see something about the world in a new way. Thus an artist must be a keen observer. They must be able to see shapes, values, colors, movement and textures. Sometimes this is in the [...]