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 group is moderated by printmaker Gregory Santos. There is also a Printmaker’s Connect Instagram account here, so follow along on Instagram for updates and news.
What is a Print Exchange? Printmakers sign up to create a print edition large enough to gift a print to each exchange contributor. The print theme might be based on a color palette, a particular printmaking method, or even a word. If twelve printmakers participate, you’ll each have twelve prints after the exchange is complete. Sound fun? It is!
Printmaking Print Exchange
Thirty-Four printmakers from the weekly Printmakers Connect group on Clubhouse created editions for this print exchange.
David Wischer is an Assistant Professor from the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies. Each artist in the exchange sent their completed set of prints to him in Kentucky. David collated all the prints, assembled a colophon for the folio, and will ship a parcel of 34 prints to each of the participating artists.
David also arranged an exhibit of the prints at the University in Kentucky. He’s already busy teaching and making art, so taking this project on was very generous. He’s a good man.
Planning a Linocut and Drypoint Print Combination
There were no printmaking methods or theme restrictions for this exchange – but the paper had to measure 11×14. The title of the folio is Leave Quietly, which is a nod to the exit button on the Clubhouse app. While listening to a group conversation, the button you press to exit is labeled “leave quietly”.
I’ve been thinking about a series of still life and interior scenes, so I sketched rough ideas for this first print in pencil. Next, I used the camera on my phone to take reference photos with a plate and some edible props in my kitchen (see above).
If you’re looking for resources to inspire your next foray into a linocut still life project, have a look at this post assembled to help conjure ideas for linocut designs. All the supplies used to make this print are listed below.
Supply List (with links) used on this Linocut Drypoint Print
- Unmounted Linoleum
- BFK Rives Printmaking Paper
- Cork-backed metal ruler
- Extra Fine Sanding Block
- Akua Intaglio Ink
- Akua Transparent Base
- Plexiglass (for drypoint printing, and as ink slabs)
- Course and Fine Rasps
- Fine Point Sharpie
- Stainless Twisted Scribe
- Akua Wiping Fabric
- Ink Scrapers
- Takach Mini Brayers
- Speedball 4 inch Brayer
- Takach Etching Press
- Paracord and Stainless Clips
Linocut and Drypoint Printmaking
Experiments in the studio can be a fountain of good things. You learn about the expanded potential of your tools and art supplies. You feed your creative curiosity when you experiment with new combinations. And your problem-solving skills get polished, exerted, and brought to bear.
I’ve mixed collagraph and drypoint in previous projects (see the video above), but this was the first mix of linocut and drypoint.
This project was so much fun that I’ve got four more reduction linocuts and drypoint prints in process. One figurative, one still life, and two interior scenes.
Stay tuned for those printmaking mashups in future posts (you can subscribe to this blog here). Have you ever mixed your printmaking before? If so, please leave a link to your adventures in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by to visit today, and I’ll see you in the next post –
P.S. If you like printmaking, and you listen to podcasts, check out Cammy York and Edie Overturf’s podcast News Print. They cover printmaking news, resources, opportunities, and interviews with printmakers.