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dragoni689
03-07-2003, 05:02 PM
Cross Posted from the abstract contemporary forum- i didnt even realize we had a printmaking forum....
anyone know of a tutorial site for various printmaking methods, or can reccomend a good book for it?

Mainly i'm experimental with this medium- it appeals to me because of the mass production aspect. you can get your art out to the people, relatively inexpensively, and it's very fun to labor- i enjoy the cutting, printing, Straight LABOR of it- i'm creating and DOING at the same time.. it's very physical, much like wire sculpture.

anyways, here:

All are Linoleum block prints, 8X10", black water based ink.

Experimenting with a linocut; only my second printmaking pieces ever. I ran most of these tonight....
is it vain to run prints of your own image??

What do you think?
I'm going to run some and hand color them... i've given some away to friends on dry rives lightweight.



on soaked 140 LB CP WC paper:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2003/6476-Self_Portrait_Linocut_1.jpg

on dry, Emulsion ground Photo paper:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2003/6476-Self_Portrait_Linocut_2.jpg

in my sketchbook:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2003/6476-Self_Portrait_Linocut_3.jpg

on water soaked Rives Lightweight:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2003/6476-Self_Portrait_Linocut_4.jpg

another on photo paper, this one i messed with the block before i printed it.. experimented:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2003/6476-Self_Portrait_Linocut_experiment.jpg


Feelings? Dig, dotn dig? favs? Crits welcomed.

Enjoy, and thanks for looking.

Gisela
03-08-2003, 03:52 PM
Hi Dragoni.
Here's a thread with some recomendations for printmaking books (The Complete Printmaker is the BEST book!!);
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=26034

It's very cool to see the experiments with types of paper -- all such different looks. The possibilites for experimentation are the best part of printmaking for me.
I really like the physical part of the process too. Especially when doing woodcuts -- chips and sawdust flying everywhere! LOL! :)

Have fun,
Gisela

timelady
03-08-2003, 05:33 PM
I like lino portraits a lot... but I think because I love the expressionist woodcut portraits and figures so much. :) Your mark-making reminds me a lot of Kokoschka's brushwork. One of my favourite painters.

Tina.

sassybird
03-11-2003, 09:20 PM
There are several printmaking sites you might want to visit also until you can buy "The Complete Printmaker."
http://www.msnld.com/webcgi/index.html?addid=715
http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/visual_arts/38591
http://www.acay.com.au/~severn/methods.htm
http://members.tripod.com/~qaart/printmaking.html

timelady
03-12-2003, 03:26 PM
I missed this bit the first time:

Originally posted by dragoni689
Experimenting with a linocut; only my second printmaking pieces ever. I ran most of these tonight....
is it vain to run prints of your own image??


Printmakers, unless they're rich or famous, usually print their own editions. So it's not vain. :) When you make a plate you should decide what the total print run will be. Then each print is number - so 1/50 for the first in a total of 50, 2/50, 15/50, etc. If you're hand-colouring them then you could call them monoprints (1/1) but some artists still do the edition number, it's a personal decision. Some artist just take a print as it's needed (an order or for a gallery) while others will print the entire print run at once.

Tina.

dragoni689
03-12-2003, 07:22 PM
Originally posted by timelady
I missed this bit the first time:



Printmakers, unless they're rich or famous, usually print their own editions. So it's not vain. :) When you make a plate you should decide what the total print run will be. Then each print is number - so 1/50 for the first in a total of 50, 2/50, 15/50, etc. If you're hand-colouring them then you could call them monoprints (1/1) but some artists still do the edition number, it's a personal decision. Some artist just take a print as it's needed (an order or for a gallery) while others will print the entire print run at once.

Tina.

I know that- but thanks for trying to help.

when i said, "running prints of your own image", i meant of your literal image- this is a self portrait... it's "in my own image".... thusly.....

so anywho, thank you for the helpful hint about the monoprint choice.
also, i'm just getting started- still learning- so i havent really run "editions"... i've numbered these (after i shot pics), however, in ink on the lower right hand corner, right below the print marking. i think that's appropriate enough....