Archive | July, 2015

Mezzotint proof!

1 Jul

I have finally taken a first proof of my latest mezzotint! I Have spent a few months gradually working the plate as I didn’t want to rush it, especially as it’s the largest mezzotint I have done (approx. 30X30cm)

The plate was originally rocked with a 100 gauge rocker about 20 times. Although it is advised to rock more than this, the plate is a bit thinner than you would normally use so I didn’t want it to bow in the middle, and also it’s long winded.. so 20 suits me just fine! I also allowed the rocker marks to show around the edges as I am really keen to promote the hand-made / hand-pulled print and this is obviously a key feature for mezzotinting!

When proofing a mezzotint I usually expect to be fairly disappointed with the result as it is so hard to tell if you have burnished enough. Also every time you print the plate the burrs break down slightly because it has quite a delicate surface.  This is why it is best not to proof too many times because you will only get up to 20/30 prints maximum, depending on how many times it was rocked! As this was rocked only 20 times I expect it to be an edition of 20 with a couple of ‘Artist Proofs!’.

I am really pleased with this as a first proof (Sorry image to follow – technical difficulties!) so I will only need to define a few areas before editioning it and getting it ready for this year’s Norwich Print Fair! I have slightly over wiped the centre of the plate as well so hopefully the next proof will be much clearer!

 

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Print Run at the John Jarrold Print Museum

1 Jul

(I have a bit of updating to do so this blog was intended for a couple of weeks back!)

Two weeks ago, with the help from the volunteers and experts at the John Jarrold Printing museum, I completed my print run of the poem and lino cut that I have been working on.

The poem, ‘The Printing Press’ by Christopher Pearse Cranch, is about Gutenberg’s press and how the printed word opened up communication across the world! It was the machine that gave us the Gutenberg Bible and all books from then on!

Below are some images of the type setting and lino block in production as well at the machine used at the museum to print the limited edition of 100 copies. These will be available for sale at this year’s Norwich Print Fair and 50% will go back to the Museum!!