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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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Why I Love Making Monotypes

I have a confession to make.  I have a love-hate relationship with monotype. I create monotypes  (one-of-a-kind prints) by painting on a blank sheet of plexiglass and transferring the image to paper using an etching press. Usually I  think about … Continue reading

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Silk Collagraph “Mezzotint”

Over the years I have explored many original printmaking processes including monotype (one-of-a-kind prints), etching, viscosity printing, drypoint and collagraph. Each has its unique charms and challenges! One interesting example of a collagraph process was done to resemble a mezzotint. … Continue reading

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