In My Printing Apron

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There is No Place Like Home…

Well, I have been traveling and I got home at the beginning of this week. Whew… I just did two art shows in Kansas but before that Ken and I spent two weeks in France…. (Paris and the South of France).
Right now, I have so much inspiration that my head is about to explode but I need to revamp my studio so that I will have room to work more efficiently. UGH.

I have decided that I am going to take a break from doing art shows and see what kind of work I will make without the pressure of having to get ready for hitting the road with a van load of art. Coming back from Paris, my urge to work large is intensified. Coming back from Kansas, my passion for rural women and their toughness is confirmed. So I sort of have a plan….

While in Kansas, doing my last two shows (at least for the next year), I was quite pleased to have won two awards…. IN the Prairie Village Art show near Kansas City, I won Best of Show…. quite the honor since I have never had that happen before.



And then in Salina, Kansas at the Smoky Hill River Festival, I won a $500 Merit Award.… I loved the idea that I was backing away from the Art Show world on a high note….


I will talk about Paris in my next post but right now, I need to undertake a massive revamping of my studio…. I left it in a mess when I rushed off to Kansas.

The Salina Project…. FINISHED….

Well I did it….. I finished the edition…. Here is what 250 etchings looks like…. well with a piece of foamcore separating each group of 50….

250 solar etching

close up

So they are now packed in the box to ship them to Salina Kansas tomorrow.  And then on to monoprinting….. woo hoo…

The Salina Project… Second Test…

I think I got it… this second plate is much better… after adjusting and reworking the band instruments some, I got my detail back and I am much happier with the look of the image and the plate is a beauty. I am much relieved.

the second plate

Again, you may not be able to see the changes on this one but they are there.  Now, how many of these do I print???? OMG… now I am off to print 250 of these… wish me luck.. I am going to cut up the paper that I have and start printing that and wait for the rest of my paper and ink to get here… Okay… I can do this… I have to get back to work….


The Salina Project…. First Printing…

Well, I got down here to the studio early because I am excited to start this Project. I already have on my apron… that is a good start… my apron is on before noon… LOL

I had to trim up my plate first …



Now that the plate is trimmed it is ready to begin printing…

I have the paper soaking in a vat of water to soften the fibers so that they will bend into the lines and dips in the plate to pick up the ink…

I need to prepare the ink. For this etching, I want to use a sepia color but I would like it darker.. I will be using Graphic Chemical ink.. Sepia and Intense Black and some Easy Wipe…. Since I am going to be printing 250 etchings, I will need to be mindful of my mixing so that they will all turn out the same color….

The Salina Project

Well, I had to set my “starts” aside so that I could get knee deep into my Salina Project.

I was commissioned by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission  in Salina, Kansas to produce an edition of 250 etchings for them to give to their donors. I have been working with Karla Prickett who is the community art and design coordinator to come up with an image of an interesting woman (since my subjects are usually women). We decided on a woman named Mary Campbell. She is a daughter of one of the founding fathers of Salina. She was quite fascinating and there were some killer photographs of Mary doing everything from swimming, skating, rifle shooting and music.

We decided on a photo of her conducting a small band of children on the porch of her house. Mainly because of it’s relevance to the arts…I love this photo..And after reading about her and looking at all the photos, I love Mary ( so does Karla)…. Anyway, so I played around with it and superimposed a journal entry probably made by her mother of Mary’s accomplishments.  This image that I am going to make into a Solar plate etching……

Mary Campbell..... leader of the band

I have to make a transparency first so that I can make the solar plate…..

Guess that means that I have to go put on my Apron……

Okay so I have made a plate ….. I put the transparency of the image on the solar plate, covered it with my light box and exposed it to the light. Then I submerged the plate in warm water to wash out the photo emulsion that didn’t harden by the light.

Here is a photo of the plate… it is a little hard to see right now but it will be easier to see once I ink the plate… I will do that tomorrow…

exposed solar plate