Intaglio printmaking is an exercise in patience! It is slow and I feel a real intimacy with the process when I am in the studio. I have taken to sitting down whilst I ink up my plates because it takes me such a long time ! Intaglio printmaking tests my patience and sometimes I could scream when I pull a print and it’s over-whiped or underwhiped or the edges are messy ! ! I walk out of the studio, take a break, have a cuppa tea then come back later and re-evalute how to wipe the plate to achieve a good balance of lights & darks…..and I start again. Today I printed some collographs and achieved only one good print. It was a good ‘flowing’ printing session, however, because I am getting used to the small space in the Green Room and I got very organised before my print session
Here are the prints:
I feel that this print of the wren is successful. The composition works and I have achieved a good overall balance of light and dark areas. The following prints aren’t terribly successful due to the way I’ve wiped the plates. The first print has distracting splotchy wipe marks and the second doesn’t have enough contrast. I have achieved some interesting textures and the compostions work I just need to work on the inking ! I’ll persevere with them & I’ll probably add another colour to all these prints. Stay tuned….
My lesson for the day was to make sure I print enough proofs on proofing paper before printing on “good” papers. I need know each plate intimately and know how to treat every inch of my plates when inking and wiping. I managed to “waste” some very nice heavyweight Hannemule paper today because I didn’t do enough proofing first and didn’t know my plates sufficiently ! As always a good learning curve…. and I am always comforted to realise that the paper isn’t really wasted as I use my “dodgy” prints for bookmaking, cards or collage.