Tuesday, December 15, 2009

English Dumptruck

I made a few prints of this dump truck from England today. It was a quick demonstration of the "cardstock drypoint" printmaking technique that I made up. A couple of guys wanted to see how to do it. It is so easy that doing a demo is pretty much unnecessary.

Here's how you do it: Get a piece of thin, glossy cardboard. I used a postcard today, you might use a piece of a cereal box. Use a pen or pencil to make a drawing on the glossy side of your cardboard. The drawing should be pretty heavy, incising lines into the cardboard. When you are satisfied with the drawing, use a little piece of mat board or cardboard to cover the surface of the drawing with some etching ink. Scrape away as much ink as you can, then take a couple of sheets of paper and lightly rub the surface of the drawing, leaving the ink only in the lines from the pen or pencil. Get a nice, damp piece of paper and lay it on top of the drawing. Pass it through your etching press with a bunch of pressure. Voila! You made a print. I made a small edition of four prints of the truck. Including the drawing time, they only took about ten minutes. If four people ask nicely, I'll send them each a print for free.

Oh yeah, I also posted a new exhibit at Captive Werewolf.

1 comment:

JD said...

i'm asking nicely, please.