Category Archives: Fine Art

René Carcan International Grand Prix – Public Prize Voting is open!

Exciting news!  I have been selected as a finalist in the René Carcan International Grand Prize in Printmaking! All finalists’ art is now posted in the René Carcan website for public voting.  I would love to have your vote for … Continue reading

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2018 René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the René Carcan International Prize For Printmaking! This biennial award and exhibition is presented by the Espace René Carcan, whose mission to promote the artistic heritage of … Continue reading

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Why Do You Need Archival Framing?

As an artist who works primarily on paper surfaces that need to be framed for protection from the elements, I have long been concerned about using archival materials for framing and handling: museum or rag mats, archival clear wrap for … Continue reading

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Monotypes with Akua Inks

I signed up to demonstrate printmaking at the San Diego County Fair.  Watching me draw a new plate for etching is a little like watching grass grow, and isn’t very engaging for Fair attendees, so this year I wanted to do … Continue reading

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Working Out the Color Wipe: A La Poupee Printing

If you have been following this blog, you have watched the development of a zinc plate though polishing, beveling, line drawing etch, tonal or aquatint etch, spit bite aquatint, and using paint markers and grease pencils as acid resist.   … Continue reading

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Subtle Effects in Etching: Spit Bite

In the last post, I talked about creating aquatint tones using hard ground and paint markers to cover the plate and protect it from the acid.  In another process, the acid can be painted directly on the plate to create … Continue reading

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How Tones Are Created in the Etching

If you have ever wondered how the fine tonal areas are created in an etching, here is an example of a modern method. The idea is to create a speckled pattern of an acid resistant material on the plate so … Continue reading

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How the Line Drawing is Etched

Last time I wrote about preparing a zinc plate to begin the etching process – the work that needs to happen before image making even begins. Today I’ll show how an image is etched into the plate. Since the etching … Continue reading

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How Plates are Prepared for Etching

  Last week I started preparing plates for a new series of etchings for the “7 Printmakers” exhibit in San Diego in October. I wondered as I worked how many non-etchers know what goes into preparing metal plates to create an … Continue reading

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Miniature Monotypes

I was recently accepted into an international miniature print exhibit to show a monotype image measuring 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – a total of 4 square inches.  (That is smaller than a business card.)  The organizing group – The … Continue reading

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