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Drypoint and Collagraph Printmaking – Whale and Mermaid

Experiments in the Art Studio Experiments in the studio are important, because that’s what we should be doing with art supplies, right?  Keeping things fresh and full of wonder by pushing past our comfort zone in artmaking, and testing new approaches. G-R-O-W-I-N-G, which requires a certain amount of comfort with the idea of failing too. Do you agree? Beyond discussions and theories of leaping past playing it safe, do you push your artistic skills all the way to failure, in order to expand your creative breadth? Art Studio Bartender I’ve mixed intaglio and relief printing on the same print, like a bartender conjuring …[Continue reading]


Drypoint Engraving – Asleep in Rome – and the prints of William Hankey

Printmaking Nomenclature Question: What’s the difference between an etching and an engraving in printmaking? See the answer at the bottom of this post. Helpful folks like to point out mis-categorized printmaking terms, and errant tools used in the art studio that were MacGyver’d to get the job done. You and I both know that people have good intentions in their corrections, and we may inadvertently guide innocent beginners down a dark path of misinformation when inaccuracies are sprinkled willy-nilly in a how-to post. I’ve been corrected here, and on my youtube channel many times, so thanks to the process-sticklers out there for keeping me …[Continue reading]


Printmaking Drypoint: Cat Cot (& a tutorial video on drypoint printmaking from mylar drafting film)

A  drypoint-from-drafting-film printmaking experiment resulting in the art above is posted on my youtube channel. You can make a drypoint engraving on matte finish mylar – or drafting film – and print an edition so you can paint each one in a different palette with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil or your media du jour. Try tracing a figure study from a sketchbook  (like I did below) onto a small sheet of matte finish Dura-Lar drafting film, and then scribe the line-work with an etching needle.  Ink the mylar, wipe & print… voila. 🙂 The resulting print in this experiment was terrifically sketchy. (My technical art terminology works best …[Continue reading]


Drypoint Engraving on Plexiglass – Printmaking using a la poupée

Drypoint Engraving In the last post, I described a collaborative project my step daughter Melanie and I worked on as gift items for our Etsy Shops. This is the second print project of two for our gift boxes – themed after feathers and birds. If you read this blog, you know about my nostalgic affinity for birds. Drypoint is a very old printmaking process, traditionally done on copper. Plexiglass (also called perspex, acrylic and lexan) is an affordable, and often more easily accessible alternative. If you’re unfamiliar with printmaking using plexiglass to make a drypoint engraving, here’s a little video demonstration for the …[Continue reading]


Drypoint Engraving: Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath 4×4.5 Dry Point Engraving (Artist’s Proof) with Watercolor Process shots begin at the bottom of this post.   This drypoint is available in my Etsy Shop. Many years ago, I lived in a rambling old house in Santa Barbara, California, with a generously sized claw foot bath tub. My family and I loved that tub, and each of us spent plenty of time soaking in steamy bubbles, with cups of tea and music playing in there. This little drypoint is a nod to that time, and to the simple luxury of taking a bath. 🙂   Adding pigment (in this case, …[Continue reading]


Dry Point on Plexiglass with Watercolor: Just Feel the Sun

Just Feel the Sun 4×6 Drypoint with Watercolor on Arches cover paper Drypoint from Plexiglass Here’s a frivolous little twirl from the studio; the image started with a sketchbook doodle (see the bottom of this post) after a rough week a few years ago, talking myself out of the pity party I was having, and remembering all the amazing and wonderful things in my life. Sometimes, I think it’s really as simple as this; stop thinking, breathe deep, and just feel the sun. What’s a Drypoint? Since the last post focused on this same method of printmaking, I thought I’d throw this one …[Continue reading]