Saturday, August 1, 2015

intaglio

intaglio, coyote
coyote, speedball water soluble ink on strathmore printmaking paper


I tried my hand at etching into a metal plate this week. I wanted to do a print to commemorate the coyote I saw a couple of months ago. I don't have the drypoint etching tools, so I used my linocutting flat blade. I also don't have the oil-based inks, so I used my linocut block printing inks which are water soluable.


coyote, speedball water soluble ink & De Atramentis document ink on strathmore printmaking paper

The linocut inks were cranky and didn't always print completely even with wet paper, so I added backgrounds by printing with De Atramentis inks.


intaglio, coyote
coyote, speedball water soluble ink & De Atramentis document ink on rice paper


I did many prints. Some of the prints had a too faint image, so I used De Atramentis inks and a dip pen to outline and cross-hatch on the these latter prints.

intaglio, coyote
coyote, speedball water soluble ink & De Atramentis document ink on rice paper


Some prints were done on rice paper and others were done on strathmore 120g/m printing paper. Both types are pretty thin. The rice paper keeps its shape better and picks of the water soluable inks more easily. I know I'll be trying this process again.

The metal plate was sent to me by a mail art friend, and now I'm hooked. I'll be experimenting with substrates from materials I have on hand. I've got plexiglass as an option. Any other suggestions?

Another project I have started is crocheting. I received some beautiful fuchsia yarn from another friend. So stay tuned for updates on my crocheting adventures.

It's been a pretty fun week filled with art and bicycle riding! Wishing everyone a good weekend.


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13 comments:

  1. Wonderful exploring with your creation to honor the coyote you saw ~ great creations!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  2. Very interesting. I love the technique. Your piece is fabulous.
    I love how you 'honored' the lowly Coyote. They don't get much 'honor'.
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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  3. Grantham and Carol, thank you. And I agree that the coyote gets a bad rap. This one was such a beauty.

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  4. What a great new avenue to travel in your art. My this is very impressive. All the different looks and colors and textures. One of my favorite painting is of a wolf. Thanks for sharing your new technique.

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  5. Wow, I like all of these a lot! The last one with the color is fabulous.

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  6. I hate to say this but try the oil base ink. The oil is so messy but it does make a difference in the end result. The thicker media works so much better.

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  7. Wonderful print and I love the creative play you made with it ~ beautiful!

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  8. Love your work and photos! Great job!

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  9. This is very inspiring!! I love the many colours you've used with your coyote... I love the plain blue one best. Have fun with your experimenting!

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  10. I just finished our photo book from our Colorado trip in April. We saw two coyotes trying to dig out some sort of squirrel or rabbit. We watched for about an hour and moved on. they were still hard at work!

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  11. I really like the various results you ended with. Kudos to you for pushing through, despite various setbacks or challenges. LOVE this about you. :)

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  12. Thanks everyone!


    Quiltswissy, thanks for that slice of life!

    Karen, thanks for the pointer on oils.

    Alexandra, so sweet of you.

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