Degreasing your plate

Before a number of processes are carried out on a metal matrix, the process of degreasing is helpful. By thoroughly cleaning all dirt and oil from the surface, a better result can be… Continue reading

Flashback: Portable Diptych Sundial Decorations 2005

Back in 2004/5, a good friend approached me to provide decorations for a 16th century wooden sundial that he was producing. He gave me the specifications, scientific calculations and some images of extant… Continue reading

Copper in Aqua Fortis: Etching a Plate

Everyone loves a little movie, and everyone loves bubbles, right? This is the easiest (and most interesting) way to show the process of ‘biting’, or etching, a copper plate for intaglio printing. It’s… Continue reading

On the Bookshelf

I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the books which have been most helpful to me in the past few years. In the past decade, there has been… Continue reading

The Technique Freak Has a Challenging Week

AKA, how to triumph over the Devil, or his close relative, Almost Infinite Variables. Having explained the intaglio printing process in a previous post, it can be more easily understood that there are… Continue reading

Rowany Festival Shirt 2014: The Festival Monstre

As with most of the festival shirts done over the years, there’s a story behind the shirt image. This year (2014), the Rowany Festival moved to a new site. There was also the… Continue reading

Suite of Methods V: Making a Metalcut Matrix

Metalcut – a brief background The production of a Metalcut is a very interesting process in both the making of the matrix and the printing, for in effect, it combines elements from both… Continue reading

Suite of Methods IV: Making an Etched Matrix

Etching – a brief background Current research in the historical print field has very recently pushed back the date for the first extant print produced by etching, with the identification of an intaglio… Continue reading

Suite of Methods III: Making a Drypoint Matrix

Drypoint – a brief background The appearance of drypoint as an intaglio method in its own right, in pre-1600 Europe, is somewhat fleeting. Its use as a way of correcting or enhancing another… Continue reading

Suite of Methods II: Making an Engraved Matrix

Engraving – a brief background The earliest engravings to be printed on paper began to appear in the 1430’s, with the first extant prints using this process attributed to an artist known as… Continue reading