Not sure what I want to do with this but it’s been sitting there for a while and staring at me on the wall. I do quite like the shadow being cast from the cut paper to the etching underneath.
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Bought some RGM lino tools and $0.99 customized Portal 2 bag.
Also English ales are delicious. I can put up with all the rain in the country for couple casks of their ales.
Since the last time I’ve updated my blog, the site looked slightly different and I was still in America. I moved to England at the end of August this year to pursue a MA degree in Fine Art, so now I’m currently in Preston, England enjoying the rainy and cold weather that is Preston.
Here are some pictures of the printmaking studios that I am lucky enough to work in every day.
The etching and relief print area.
Old Columbia press.
Big etching press.
Some things I’m working on:
Because apparently England is big on health and safety, their etching processes no longer use the harmful chemicals such as turpentine or mineral spirits. So I basically have to relearn all the process of etching. This one is sugar lift without the sugar. Using liquid latex glue to draw on the zinc plate then liquid acrylics hardground on top. After it dries, you just peel the glue off and go ahead with aquatinting, which is airbrush acrylics on to the plate.
Different kind of soft ground, also using acrylics. It’s a relief based ink and you can alter it with distilled water to achieve a watery-like texture, as well as pressing textures onto the plate.
Also learning lithography while I’m here, they have 3 lithography offset presses and one can print directly onto stone. Kind of wish I could have taken lithography back at University of Houston but it’s better to learn late than never. I just love the way images look on stone, I can’t wait to pull my first print off of this. This is done with acetone transfer onto stone then lithographic ink and pencils.
England is pretty cool.