I 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.
“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
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!
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.