Tag Archives: drypoint engraving

Time for a Mezzotint

16 Feb

WP_20150214_003 Just a quick up date to show the beginnings of a new project that will involve a series of intaglio prints including etching, drypoint and finally a new mezzotint! I will also continue to explore combining printmaking methods such as monoprint and etching.

I have taken a proof of my newly rocked plate and although you are not supposed to print a mezzotint too many times before the final result I want to be able to use the proofing process to demonstrate this long winded process and possibly exhibit it at its different stages later this year.

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My new work is currently based around ‘tools of the trade’ and an artist’s organised mess so I will be using images that I took while assisting the late Aidan Kirkpatrick in his workshop and also intend to visit various workshops and studios to draw further inspiration. Watch this space and thanks for reading! L

PRINTMAKING COURSES – JANUARY 2015!! SIGN UP NOW!!!

20 Nov

There are two leisure courses in printmaking starting up again at Wensum Lodge ( King Street, Norwich ) from the 5th of January 2015! This includes the new course ‘INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS’ which started up this term and has been a great success (see images below of some of the prints produced!)

LINK (Just type PRINTMAKING into the key word search and check how many places are left)

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Adult_education/index.htm

You can enrol online or by calling this number 0344 800 8020

INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS!

Focussing on engraving and etching techniques, this course offers the opportunity to develop your drawing skills in to print.  You will be using drypoint tools to engrave rhenalon and aluminium and also shown various techniques using environmentally friendly methods of printing.  Not only this, you can also try both hard ground and soft ground etching on zinc – a more complicated process but with professional and saleable results!

The course takes place on Monday evenings between 6 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks! This course filled up quickly last time so make sure you enrol soon! (It could even be a great Christmas present?!)

PRINTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS (INTERMEDIATE)!

An opportunity to try four different printmaking methods including monoprint, lino cut, collagraph and drypoint, this course is a great introduction to various techniques and processes.  It is perfect for both complete beginners as well as those who already have some experience!  You can take advantage of the facilities and develop your own style and way of working with the support of the tutor (me) and others in the group!

The course takes place on Tuesday afternoons between 3 and 5 pm and also runs for 11 weeks! Make sure you sign up as there are some regulars who come back every term so places fill up super quick!

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Thanks for reading! Please share with any one who may be interested!

L

Drypoint Tools

2 Sep

I’ve invested in some new drypoint tools for the up-coming INTAGLIO for BEGINNERS course ( https://lwhiteprints.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/intaglio-for-beginners/ ) starting at Wensum Lodge on the 15th! I wanted to make sure there was a variety of tools available for the learners to use.  I got these from http://www.hawthornprintmaker.com/  – a great supplier based in York, North Yorkshire. They also sent me two free ‘Drypoint Easy Scratch plates to try!’

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Rocking a Mezzotint

19 Aug

I started preparing a copper plate for a new mezzotint this week.  This process is quite long winded and involves passing a ‘rocker’ across the plate in at least 20 different directions. 

Rocking a mezzotint

Rocking a mezzotint

The rocker is a curved tool with tiny teeth that are designed to leave a row of dots on the metal surface that will hold ink. 

Rocking a mezzotint

Rocking a mezzotint

By ‘rocking’ the plate in several directions the surface becomes rough and covered in burs that will now hold ink and if printed at this stage the plate should print a velvet black.

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To create the image the rough burs are then scraped away and burnished to create lighter tones that will hold less ink.

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Below is a reminder of my willow tree mezzotint plate and the print taken from it.  This was one of my first successful mezzotints, and i’m glad to have finally got round to trying this method again! (however long it may take me!)

Willow tree Mezzotint in progress, this shows the mere foundations of where i've started to map out the image.  At this angle it looks like it's printable but there's a lot more work to do before it can be proofed!

Willow tree Mezzotint in progress, this shows the mere foundations of where i’ve started to map out the image. At this angle it looks like it’s printable but there’s a lot more work to do before it can be proofed!

 

It's almost there, I just want to define the edges a bit more and add some more highlights.

It’s almost there, I just want to define the edges a bit more and add some more highlights.

Dry Point Engraving

4 Mar

I totally forgot about this print and that maybe I should put it on here. I might have left it because ‘Holme’s’ ears are far too big but it worked really well as a composition and a quick experiment!

 price tbc!

price tbc!