(drypoint photos – cleaned plate, inked plate, first proof on the press, first proof)
April 2nd, 2009 – I’m looking at working on a few plates during the two month printmaking course, at UODA, with Shahid Kabir. This piece is a drypoint and is to keep me busy while waiting for some zinc plates to arrive from the old part of the city. The reference for this drypoint is the same as that used for the painting in the post below. Like the Tea Lady I can just see the same reference inspiring me for several more pieces.
I’ve signed up for two other projects. One is “31 Days to Build a better Blog” being run by Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger, in April. The name says it all! You can read more about it here and sign up in case you are interested.
And the second, one that I wanted to participate in last year but didn’t as I was partly too chicken and partly too busy, is SoFoBoMo
Short for Solo Photo Book Month – a group event where a bunch of photographers make solo photo books, in 31 days, at more or less the same time.
This time I intend to have a book of my own. I’m scheduling it for mid-May so that I can give the first project the time it deserves.
Update : April 7, 2009 – Worked on the plate over the weekend and took another proof today. I’ll be learning a new process tomorrow involving adding iron oxide to get some dark areas for this piece.
Update : April 9, 2009 – Yesterday’s printmaking session was very exciting with an introduction to Chine-collé and using iron oxide dust to create saturated colours in the print. The lines on the plate were reworked by Shahid Kabir in order to deepen them to retain more ink (as with the addition of the iron oxide dust some areas of the plate would be raised).
The first of the images was a test run for the Chine-collé technique and we used a new plate that i’ve just started work on. You can see the brown paper the plate was printed on and the white of the cartridge paper that it was bonded onto using the press The second is an image of a print of the old plate using both the chine-colle and the iron oxide dust technique. Here the brown paper has been used again but on handmade off-white paper. And in the last one, you can see the iron oxide deposits on the plate which gave the nice black colour and depth in the print.