All posts tagged: method

Building tone w Joe

I am having difficulty getting an even, rich black tone using the aquatint box at the printshop. I spotted Joe’s prints of architectural and industrial forms; the prints are almost entirely composed out of tonal etching. (In other words, the shapes are made out of shades, not lines.) So I caught him with a ham sandwich and asked if he would take a look at my aquatint sometime, ‘Yes, of course,’ he replied. This evening he taught me a method of building tone using a sponge and soft ground. To begin, I polished a scrap of copper using ‘MAG’ (nesium carbonate) and a salt and vinegar mixture. Once clean, Joe showed me how to apply a thin layer of soft ground to my plate using a thick, soft brush which extended beyond the edges of the small plate. Before allowing the soft ground to dry, we covered the plate with a small spongy thing Joe found from a man who sells rubber goods on Canal street. (I don’t know why I’m giving away all my secrets) I ran …

I have been printing a grid

frustrated by my cute nose and loose wrists, I have disappeared from Detroit and have been in the print studio among steel plates, ink canisters clanking on glass and white kids making ‘grotesque’ images of skin-cracked babies. Chris is here in critique nodding, and a man made a print by casting the iching on his iphone and placed stones in a grid filling a 12×20 woodblock. the image was quite successful and i believe he may have struck upon a process of making which removes the self enough to facilitate a pure emergence of (the) form. It is a print, this piece of paper with ink. 2015