Anything I have been thinking about writing lately has been cheese ball when it comes to getting back to printmaking. The point of all of it is to declare to you that I am getting back into it after a bit of a hiatus…a decade long hiatus. So here it is – my declaration – I am making intaglio prints again, and it’s like getting acquainted with an old friend after crazy separate adventures. It feels great!
I thought that etchings were something that I couldn’t get back into until I happened across a press again – as if on one of our hikes the overhead canopy would part to allow rays to come down and reveal a printing bed long forgotten in the middle of Forest Park, or perhaps washed up with bits of seaweed on the Oregon Coast. I enjoyed printmaking in college so much that I thought about majoring in it, but the whole being reliant upon heavy, expensive equipment was a bit unappealing when compared to the process of painting. Got paint and a surface? Go for it! It’s that easy – no need for financial investments and moving trucks. These were my thoughts at the time.
A couple of tutorials on YouTube about creating dry point images on Plexiglas and using Akua inks to print have been as miraculous to me as finding a deserted printing press. It has been so exciting to get back to this, and the idea that we can easily create them in our shoebox-of-an-apartment is absolutely amazing.
It started a little over a month ago, and so far I have spent 90% of my mornings with coffee and a stylus in my hand scratching lines onto Plexiglas plates. So far we have had two printing sessions – the first work I made was “Sea Rock” and then it was quickly followed with “Goose Barnacles” the next week. For the last two weeks I have been working on another image of Goose Barnacles that is larger and extremely detailed, which is pictured below. It will be completed this following week, and we’ll see what the outcome is during printing. Cheers to finding old friends that reinvigorate our minds and methods!