Suite of Methods I: Making a Woodcut Matrix

Woodcut – a brief background There is only one surviving woodcut matrix dated prior to 1400 in Western Europe, known as the Bois Protat. It is not known if this was executed for… Continue reading

A Suite of Methods: An Introduction

Any form of art which has a physical presence (which means I am excluding purely digital and electronic art) has, by its nature, texture and depth, and a world of technical information which… Continue reading

The Intaglio Studio and Press

Here is a delightful engraving of the interior of an Intaglio (specifically, an engraver’s) studio, showing a wealth of detail. It was produced after Jan Van Der Straet, also known as Johannes Stradanus,… Continue reading

Flashback: Plate is Proof Shirt 2000

A friend of mine commissioned me to design a shirt for a protest back in 2000. As part of the rules of a re-enactment group, the decision was made that plate armour would… Continue reading

Making an Inking Ball

In many images of the relief printing studio, you’ll see one of the printers inking up with an inking ball:   Above: book printers using inking balls, from here.   About a decade… Continue reading

Little Basket (2010) and Big Basket (2011) woodcuts – a comparison

  These woodcuts were made to explore using woodworking knives, and different woods, for woodcut production. They are different sizes, and different woods – one is a scrap from a friend’s timber stash,… Continue reading

Making A Dauber

In the intaglio process, a dauber – also called a dabber, or sometimes a dolly or poupee, especially if it is very small, or used in the ‘a la poupee’ process – is… Continue reading

Intaglio printing process

In the intaglio method of printing, we are talking about using a matrix which has the image below the surface. When ready for printing, ink sits in the lines below the surface of… Continue reading

Relief Printing Process

In relief printing, we are talking about a matrix which can be inked and paper pressed against it, to produce an image. The ink sits on the surface of the matrix, and direct… Continue reading

Flashback: Rowany Festival Shirt 2002

  Delving again into the Architectural Drawers of Doom, a whole bunch of stuff has emerged, so I’m slowly cataloguing. I’m still extremely pleased with this one – a sketch of a spray… Continue reading