Process

As a printmaker all the works are original works of art made by hand and hand printed using high quality inks and paper

Intaglio Printmaking

The prints are generally created using the Intaglio method of printmaking, which requires skill and care.

Intaglio printmaking takes a metal plate with a thin layer of ground, such as hard wax, rolled on the surface of the plates. The ground is then scored with the image and the plate placed in a tray of diluted acid. The acid eats into the scored area, but the rest of the plate is protected from the acid by the ground, creating grooves. During the printing process ink will seep into the grooves created by the acid. The longer the plate sits in the acid the deeper the grooves and therefore the more ink applied to the printed image.

This process can be layered, adding a softer ground which allows for more subtle marks to be added to the image. Once the image is complete the plate is inked. The ink sits in the grooves and is wiped clean from the surface of the plate. The inked plate is placed on the etching press, dampened paper is gently lowered onto the plate and the paper and plate are sent through the press. During the pressing ink is forced out of the grooves onto the damp paper, the completed print will have to sit for some three weeks under weighted boards before it dries.

The materials used for both the plate and the ground will affect the final printed image allowing for a range of results, sometimes striking, sometimes merely a hint.

Limited Editions

A number of impressions are made, each print is dried separately and signed and numbered as one of a limited number i.e. 2/25 indicates the second of an edition of 25 prints. No more editions are made beyond the initial set.

A/P on a print means Artists Proof and will be one of a small number of additional prints reserved solely for the artist.