|Bowman 10.75 x 8 Drypoint with watercolor
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I took my first printmaking class in 1983. I bought my first press in 2012. For the three decades in between, I borrowed time on friends’ presses, audited printmaking classes to get access to college presses, scoured ads for used presses, and tried every method suggested to make prints without a press. It’s no surprise then, that so many subscribers to this blog and my youtube channel have asked for tutorials on printmaking without a press.
Drypoint without a Press
I used this drypoint engraving (above) to demonstrate how to print an intaglio style plate without a press. If you’d like to see a video of that process, click here. But here’s the thing: there’s no secret sauce, no dragon-guarded, confidential method to printing without a press; it just takes time & pressure.
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With an etching press, after inking and wiping the plate, I can print this engraving in about 45 seconds… as much time as it takes to run the press bed through the rollers. With my hands, some newsprint and a cereal spoon, I can print the same drypoint, but it might take 45 minutes, and the line work might not be quite as sharp, but it *can* be done. What do you think? Have you printed without a press?
|Painting the drypoint with watercolor|
|Pulling the print in my studio|
|Engraving the plate on a long flight over the Pacific,
inspired by a late 1940’s photograph taken by my great-uncle Antonio