In My Printing Apron

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Before Woodstock…. and Before Cherry Creek Arts Festival……

Well, it was brought to my attention how neglectful I have been of my blog… so this is for you, Earnie….

I thought I would post some photos of what has kept me so busy…

I did some drawings and then transferred them to a sheet of plexiglas.. With a dremel tool, I etched the drawing onto the plexiglas…

After I inked and wiped my plate.. this is what it looked like….

inked and wiped

detail of wiped plate

Next I painted the background with printers ink and scratched around on it and spattered … Then I laid it on my printing press bed….

on the press bed

Then I  put glue on the back of the pieces of handmade papers that I had cut out to fit onto the plate…..

the chine colle process of gluing down handmade papers

Then I placed the pieces of paper onto the plate with the glue side up…. This is a booger to do because you want the papers placed just right..

notice the fork that I use to delicately nudge a piece of paper into it’s correct spot…

Then I place a dampened piece of printing paper over the whole thing…. lay the blankets on top of it all and run it through the press. The pressure of the rollers will transfer what is on the plate onto the paper….

the paper is on…

After I pull the paper off of the plate, I let it dry under blotters.. Once it is completely dry, I hand color it to finish it off…

and this one ended up looking like this…..

finished etching with monoprint background and handmade papers.

I titled this piece Before Woodstock.… mainly because the logo from Woodstock had a bird on the tip of a guitar… Oh, the paper on the banjo is from a vintage sheet of music… The total size of the image is 18 inches by 18 inches…

After I get back from doing the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado…..It is my plan to work even BIGGER

that is it for now….

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The Salina Project… brief intermission, now back to work

So,  for the last two days, Ken and I drove with our brother in law, Joe and our niece, Mary and her soon to be husband, Tyler to listen to a talk that Joe had to give at the Victoria College in Victoria Texas. It was about the influence of the oil business on music… it was quite riveting as are most lectures by Joe ..

here are a few of  the more “tame”  photos taken on the trip…

Joe Specht lecturing

Joe and Mary... Happy Birthday sweet Mary

Ken and Tyler looking at the "good" photos...

So now that we are home, it is back to coloring the etchings for the Salina project…. they seemed to have grown while I was gone… Actually, I have done 70 so far…

Gotta get after it before two of our grandsons, Ben and Ian get here to spend the night. Break time is over…

all 250 etchings...

ready and waiting

my coloring table....

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 …

Before...

After

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