Printmaking

Wood Lithography (Mokulito) Prints with Watercolor I’ve been experimenting with the use of watercolor to print full-color backgrounds on mokulito (wood lithography) prints. Applying tube watercolors directly to the wood plate for a second run through the press has yielded interesting, varied results. I don’t have a full color suite of traditional oil-based printmaking inks. …

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Color Tetra Pak Collagraph Print I veered off the Mokulito (Wood Litho) printmaking trail to take a little hike with Tetra Pak prints this week. If you’re not familiar, Tetra Pak is the material used to package boxed soup, wine, almond milk, and the like. The foil and plastic lining in Tetrapak containers wipes clear …

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Wood Lithography (Mokulito) Printmaking – Anacapa Island Arch Experimenting with Wood Lithography (Mokulito) Printmaking continues in my studio. I really appreciate all the feedback and encouragement you sent about my deep dive into mokulito after the previous post. (Pretend I’m handing you a fresh-baked cookie and a cup of tea.) This mokulito print was a …

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Mokulito (Wood Lithography) Printmaking Printmaking mash-ups appeal to my experiment-loving, nerd-artist’s heart. In a previous series of blog posts this season (like this cat and tulip print), I relished mixing linocut with drypoint engraving. (More of those are coming soon.) And then, I took a wood lithography workshop – also known as Mokulito – with …

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What is a Trace Monotype Print? Trace monotype is a form of printmaking created by drawing on a sheet of paper thats been laid on an inked, still wet plate, so the contact and transfer of the ink on the back of your drawing becomes the print. Trace monotype, or drawing transfer monotype is very …

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Carborundum Collagraph Print This carborundum collagraph print was made with mat board, acrylic gloss, and carborundum (fine sandpaper grit). The plate was inked and wiped to print intaglio style (from the recessed areas of the plate, rather than relief style – from the uppermost surface). Wiping ink from a gloss-sealed matboard plate featuring wide, shallow …

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Print Day in May Reduction Linocut and Drypoint Combo Tuxedo Corsage is a Reduction Linocut and Drypoint print combo still life of my studio pal Scout next to a vase of tulips created for Print Day in May. All the supplies to make this art are listed below. Print Day in May Print Day in …

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Mixing Relief and Intaglio Printmaking Methods This mix of relief and intaglio printmaking methods was the second one I worked on last Fall. The project carried some pearl-clutching challenges, so I’ll share them with you in this post. If you’re interested in trying a printmaking mashup of linocut and drypoint from plexiglass, have a look …

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Drypoint Etching and Relief Print Mash Up This is my fourth mash-up of reduction linocut print and dry point etching. I worked on it intermittently through the Fall and Winter months. The deep dive into process was a blessed respite from my panicked obsessing over the looming loss of a family member to cancer. I …

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Mixed Printmaking – Color Linocut and Drypoint Engraving This is the third in a series of posts showing methods to make mixed printmaking mashups. (You can read the first drypoint and linocut print post here, and the second print mash-up steps are posted here.) Cummerbund is a small reduction linocut with drypoint engraving, inspired by …

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Linocut Print and Drypoint Etching – Printmaking Mashup In the last post – I dabbled with an experimental printmaking mash-up. For that still life print, I carved a reduction Linocut for background color and engraved a Drypoint print on plexiglass for details and shading. (You can read that post here.) This new print is a …

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Reduction Linocut and Drypoint Print Mix Snacking Geometry is a Reduction Linocut and Drypoint print still life, created for a print exchange. Printmakers Connect is a group that “meets” at 8:30am Pacific time every Thursday on the audio-only social app Clubhouse. Have you ever listened in? Printmakers Connect attendees discuss all things print-related, and the …

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How to Print a Monotype without a Press Monotype printmaking is the “painterly print” option. This printmaking process is accessible to everyone, and it doesn’t require sharp tools, carving lines into hard material, or using a printing press. At its most basic, monotype prints are made by manipulating pigment into shapes on a smooth, flat …

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Monotype Print Still Life – adding Colored Pencil to your Art I spent a foggy afternoon transferring printmaking inks from leaky containers to new ones, sent gratis by the manufacturer. Good customer service! While pouring and scraping ink into shiny new containers, I rolled out a bit of leftover ink on a sheet of plexiglass …

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Making an Intaglio Drypoint Print from Recycled Paper Cartons While walking a freshly emptied carton of frozen Mango & Cream bars to the recycling bin, I wondered if the thin paper carton would yield an intaglio print. There’s only one way to find out, right? So let’s give it a twirl, shall we? Recycled Cartons …

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Can You add Watercolor to Collagraph Prints? Yes, you can, as long as the ink you used to print your collagraph dries permanent, and the paper you printed it on can handle wet media. (Here’s a post that covers the caveats of wet media on ink and printmaking papers.) (You can test a small swatch …

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Acrylic Gloss Varnish Sealer on Mat Board Collagraphs When you make a collagraph plate from mat board (also known as mount board), the front, back, and edges of the board should be sealed. Moisture from printmaking inks and modifiers would soak the mat board plate into cotton pulp. The sealed printable surface should be a …

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Make a Collagraph Print from Mat Board Have you made a collagraph print from mat board, and printed it in the a la toupee method, intaglio style? A La Poupée Inking After laying out ink colors (see above) I plan to use on the plate to print the edition, I’m using rolled felt daubers (or …

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Printmakers to Admire I found Toronto artist Margaret Rankin’s work online in 2005. Her subjects demonstrate her sharp eye and sure hands. She is a trained Landscape Architect, and her composition and colors are based on nature. One of the things I was drawn to is the way she uses her blocks – after the …

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Spontaneous Monotype Still Life Print I’m in the midst of filming, editing, and narrating a video class on monotype printmaking. It’s complex work, and not in my creative wheelhouse. One of the best ways to shake off the monitor and keyboard is a spontaneous monotype. That’s how this one arrived. Fixing a Monotype Print – …

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Colored Pencils Enhance Monotype Prints Have you ever added colored pencils to refine parts of your monotype prints? (If you’ve never made a monotype, here is an introduction to dark field monotype prints without a press.) Whether your subject is portraits, abstract, still life, or landscape, adding colored pencil will transform a mediocre print into …

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Miniature Linocut Inspired by Frida Kahlo This linocut is smaller than a business card, but it was a spontaneous and fun session of carving a miniature portrait of Frida Kahlo. In the last post, I shared a pile of very loved resource books from my studio with ideas, examples, and instructions for relief printmaking. Most …

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German Expressionist Woodcut Prints I purchased Shane Weller’s book (a Dover Publication – you can check out here) on German Expressionist Woodcuts a few decades ago. All this time on my studio bookshelves and Weller’s book is still an excellent source of inspiration to make something bold, or unfussy. Do you ever get the urge …

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Print a Collagraph Using a la Poupee for Full Color This is a mat board collagraph (also known as press board or mont board), printed in full color in one pass through the press. If you’ve never used the a la poupee method of inking your plate, I hope you’ll give it a go. Here …

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Making Art from Stuff at Home After printing drypoint etchings from recycled plastic food containers (see drypoints from plastic in this series), I’m experimenting with other household materials. In this post, a recycled paper food carton will be used to make a collagraph print. Let’s head into the kitchen! Printing Collagraphs with What You Have …

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Making a Reduction Linocut without a Press As a perpetually Distracted Person, making a reduction linocut was always a wish, but it got suppressed by uncertainty. I made a reduction woodcut in a printmaking class I took a few decades ago. It came out terrible, with too many layers of thickly rolled ink. The surface …

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Printing a Mat Board Collagraph in the Intaglio Style Collagraph printmaking can arise from something as simple as finding a small, recyclable scrap of mat board. On the way to the trash bin, I pivoted left to my work table, and made a quick sketch of my studio assistant, Scout. He was, as usual, napping …

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Drypoint Etching Intaglio Prints from Life Memories This little Drypoint etching is a nod to a time when my siblings and I lived in a rambling old house in Santa Barbara, California. We had one luxury; a generously sized claw foot bath tub under a sunny window in our single bathroom. We loved that bathtub. …

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