Printmaking at home

print of girl with pramI am experimenting with some techniques for printmaking at home, using inexpensive materials.  This image was produced using intaglio print card to create a drypoint etching plate.  I scratched the design into it using a bradawl and small screwdriver.  I then inked it up using Artisan (water miscible) oil paint, wiping the excess off with torn pages of a telephone directory.   To test it out, I dampened ordinary cheap cartridge paper, blotted it on newspaper, and laid it over the inked up plate.  I then ‘pressed’ it using an ordinary rolling pin!  It’s not perfect, but it is a start, and I plan to keep experimenting.  I’ve made some cream handmade paper, and I plan to try using this for printing.

3 thoughts on “Printmaking at home

  1. Carole,
    “Cream handmade paper.” It sounds so pretty; it’s almost romantic.
    I don’t know how you come up with these techniques, but they work. It’s because you keep at it. That’s the key to every success.
    I wish I had your determination. Really, Carole, I’m not just saying that. I think you must not waste time like I do. I’m a dreamer, and dreamers usually waste time.
    Der junge ist unter einem tisch. The young boy is under the table.
    Hmm, I wonder if he’s with the white dog. ha

  2. Hi Connie,
    Writers have to be dreamers. It’s a kind of creative processing.

    Your german is coming on. I’m just wondering what sorts of experiences they expect you to encounter in Germany!

  3. Hi Carol,

    I recently started printing again after a long hiatus. I’m doing hand pulled prints with a baren & brayer. I also am using water soluble oils. I really like Holbeins Duo. The colors are vibrant and the clean up is easy. I would like to do a drypoint. What is an itaglio print card? Your site is very inspiring.


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