Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas Wish List

Daniel Smith Oil Relief Ink Set to add some color to my prints.

Shina Grab Bag to try some wood meant for printmaking.

Wood Burning:
Needle Point Replaceable Tip to use for very fine detail or textures.
Small Calligraphy Replaceable Tip to try for text - if I can write calligraphy in reverse.
Micro Replaceable Tip for small lines.
Replaceable Tip Handle to ease switching between to tips.
Ultra Flex Cord to try instead of the heavier cord I have now.

Two Arm Table Lamp and Magnifier
Lens Power Booster

How to Ink and Wipe a Wood Pyrograph Plate for Intaglio

The following techniques have been working well for me. They are based on the techniques of others I have read for wiping etching or drypoint.

1. I spread ink across the plate using a plastic putty knife or a credit card making sure to press into lines.
2. Scrape off excess ink with the putty knife or credit card.
3. Wipe with phone book pages until clean. I use a page folded into quarters wrapped around an object with a flat surface - for me it is a plastic canister of toothpicks. Using my hand to wipe with phone book pages, I found I pulled ink out of wider lines.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Sunflowers, Relief

Plate type: Wood Pyrograph
Printing technique: Relief
Image size: 2-1/2in by 3-1/2in
Paper size: 5in by 7in
Paper type: Rives Lightweight
Ink type: Daniel Smith Oil Relief Ink

Sunflowers, Intaglio

Plate type: Wood Pyrograph
Printing technique: Intaglio
Image size: 2-1/2in by 3-1/2in
Paper size: 5in by 7in
Paper type: Rives Lightweight
Ink type: Daniel Smith Oil Etching Ink

Finished the Sunflowers

I tried to fix the mistake of burning the back edge of the vase through the flower stems by filling the line with a wood filler (Plastic Wood). With the small size, I used a toothpick to apply the filler, but didn't do a very good job. I probably needed to fill it high and a little larger area and then once it had set, sand it flat. As I didn't do this, the filler ended up bellow the surface of the wood and didn't help fix the mistake for printing.

I printed both intaglio and relief. The prints came out well with fine detail. The grain of the wood inked differently and showed up more than I had expected resulting in several stripes across the image. I'll have to take the grain into account in future prints.

I also need to work on meshing the textures and lines. The petals could be more defined, while the leaves could be less defined.

Overall, I think it was a success.