Dry-point printmaking without using a press
Hi there! Today you are going to read one of my new articles dedicated to dry-point! Not all print makers have the chance to have their own press. So here are some tips how to do it without the machine.
Supply yourself with a dry point integrating plexiglass. Without using a press I’m going to tell you just how to hand transfer the image. If you’d like to know how to do it, please follow me up the article!
It’s a mix magnesium carbonate
in a paste you are going to need. It is traditionally used to stiffen the ink. Mix it 50-50 with aqua italia dry-point ink. It becomes a little bit stickier. It will stay embedded in the group that has been engraved on the surface of the plate. Wipe the plate clean. Apply the ink with a role piece of fabric. Use small circular motions. This way you are going to push the ink down into the groups on dry-points plate.
For your first try I recommend using a small art printmaking matrix. It should be easier. Point here is just to accomplish your printing skills. Remove the excess of ink with the fabric. Use minimum pressure to remove the top ink from the surface of the plate. Do it with gentle small motions. Flatten the fabric so not to leave any additional damage ink lines there. Wiping too fast or harsh will push the printmaking ink out of the group image. Make sure that you are wiping perpendicular to the lines. Not with them. So that you leave the ink inside those art lines.
Of course use old newsprint and polish the final stage of the dry-point plate. Also the last wiping step is a cotton flannel rag. Clean the bevel, back of the plate and any other unwanted ink spot.
Let’s Make it Real and Create Our First Dry-point Print!
Lay down a clean sheet of paper. This way you don’t get ink everywhere. Your ink and white plate aligned with the grid pattern on the non-skid. Soak your printmaking paper in water for a little while. Lay it on top of the dry-point art plate. Then put a clean piece of newsprint on the back of the paper. Printmaking paper should be still damp.
The movement of the spoon
over and over again made peal the paper. So the newspaper make two thing. First, it gives a slicker surface to move across. Second, it protects the backup of your printmaking paper. A metal spoon will pick up more detail than wooden one or a barren.
You’d be able to feel your line work underneath the spoon. However it goes slow and nice. In addition check what’s going on by lifting a bit of the newspaper form time to time. Also take it off for the last step of dry-point printmaking. Indeed just make sure the art paper doesn’t move.
On the other hand if you print is too light re-ink it. More likely this time a little bit less. If the art image is blurred or fuzzy means you moved the paper a bit. Keep it nice and steady for the second go. Repeat the process until you get the hang of it. This way you will print in addition without a press.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!