A successful and really productive day in the studio running our first introduction to Drypoint course.
Each student produced at least four drypoint plates using a mixture of drypoint plastic and drypoint card. The students executed initial exploratory mark making on the different materials using a variety of tools. These included carbide and steel tipped stylus’s, roulette wheels, halftone rakes ,sandpaper and wire wool. Learning from these tests the students went one to successfully produce prints using both drypoint plate media. Their resulting designs reflecting their own individual visual style.
The closeness of the basic drypoint technique to drawing together with the variety of additional mark making techniques resulted in a clutch of very strong images. Expectations as to what could be achieved in just 6 hours were exceeded.
Many thanks to our students for making it a great day! To join us on an upcoming course see available dates.
We have spent some time today making drypoint images using drypoint card rather than the usual clear plastic. The drypoint card we are using is sold by Intaglio Printmakers in London. It is a medium thickness dense white card with a thin plastic coating on the printing surface.
We tend to use the drypoint plastic more as we like freely drawing using a tool as one would with a pencil or charcoal. Repeated loose lines can build up on the plastic easily and can give the effect of a spontaneous drawing. However we had decided it was time to explore different techniques. We had already spent an hour or two the other day exploring marks with different tools and also blocks of ink that can be made by removing sections of the laminated card.
After doing a couple of still life drawings of household objects we began to feel a bit more at home with the material. Overall we found that we could retain a natural drawing style pretty easily on the card and we like the possibilities that the card provides that plastic doesn’t, namely the option of removing a blanket area to give a blacker inked space and the dense dark lines than can be achieved in the relatively soft card surface.
An excelent enjoyable day was had in the studio. Three talented people attended our first introduction to linocut day course and were able to explore their latent handmade printing skills. We saw three very different approaches. New friends were made and new skills learned.
Over the last few months we have been busy building the printmaking studio. Getting it ready to be able to start doing relief and Intaglio printing. Out with the carpet and lampshades. Walls have been stripped and painted. Floorboards repaired and strengthened. Pin board has been fixed to the walls and worktables , stools , plan chests and storage cupboards have been put in place.
Friends (and tree surgeons ! ) have come to our aid in man handling the two Polymetaal presses into place and we can now begin work in ernest in the studio itself.
Its brilliant to be able to start doing some printmaking! Especially with an exhibition deadline coming up! The exhibition at Marios Cafe starts in early December!