Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Copper Plates & Rubber Duck...

... what do those things have in common? They're what I'm using to prep for my intaglio demos next week.  In-progress photos to come.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Reduction Woodcut Demo

A few days ago a did a quick 3-layer woodcut reduction demo and kept a print in each of the 3 stages...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Woodcut Demo

Sorry for missing my usually every-other-day blog post last time, but I felt as if I didn't have anything worthy to blog about. But I decided to write about what I've been doing, as boring or bad as it may be. In today's case, I'm showing you the resulting print of my first woodcut demo a few weeks ago for the Intro Print class I'm currently teaching.... it's a bit of a collaborative effort that simply shows different ways of cutting the block and how it prints.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Design on the side

I know this isn't what I usually do, but lately I created a design for Michigan Dog Drivers.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mezzotint Edition

Here's the edition of 15 that I sent to the Cascade Print exchange. I settled on using just one plate and a different orientation. I think I'll still use the 2 plates I made in some other way in the not-so-distant future. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mezzotint Proof

After pulling the first few prints, I decided that for this project I don't like the look of the two plates together after all, & will just print one of the plates for the edition. But here's a look at how one of the 2-plate mezzotint proofs looked.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Burnishing Mezzotints

Now that I applied the ground on the copper plates with the rockers, I'm burnishing my designs into the copper. (It's a similar look as mezzotints I did earlier.)

The second photo here shows the sketches I did to figure out the composition before I reversed them on the plates.

Friday, January 13, 2012


The sandblaster I've been normally using for quickly applying an even textured ground on copper plates for mezzotints is out of commission. Instead, I was able to borrow some mezzotint rockers and after several hours I'm slowly building up a nice rough ground on my two little 3 x 3 inch plates.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Online Portfolio Update

My students today were the ones to remind me to update my online portfolio today... and I appreciate their reminder.