Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's all in a mornings work.

After looking over my proofs and reworking the plate, I was happy with the image and decided to move ahead with editioning. Since the size of the print is limited to 3"x3", and there was a lot going on in my image, I though it best to do a bleed print.

I used Akua carbon black ink and added a little magnesium carbonate to stiffen it slightly. The plates were wiped with pages of old phone books and printed on dry Hahnemhule Copperplate paper. Once I got started everything went smoothly and by noontime I had my edition completed.

It was always my intention to add a bit of color so once the edition was printed, I went back and hand-colored the prints with watercolor.

Now to walk away and let everything dry.


  1. Hi,

    Just wondering how you manage to print several prints onto one sheet without transferring back the ink? Also how do you keep your paper moist? Never done this before--only with a multi-plate single print. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  2. Hi Jill.
    I use Akua inks. This allows me to print on dry paper and I like to use Hahnemuhle Copperplate.

    If I'm using damp paper, I soak every other sheet in a water tray for a few minutes and then alternate the wet and dry sheets in a stack. The stack is wrapped in plastic, a flat board is placed on top, and then a weight is placed on the board. I usually let this sit over night and the next day the paper is perfectly damp and requires no blotting.