Sunday, December 9, 2007

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.


Jan said...

This is so interesting. I never knew you could print from a pyrography plate!

I just found your blog from 'Confessions of a bookplate junkie'. I love what you have here.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have just been given a pyrography set and wanted to find out anything I could about using it to make woodblocks for printing. So found your pages very useful. I have a lot of experimenting to do now!