How I Make My Print Edition

I’m in week 9 of my 14-week artist-in-residency program at Artspace at Untitled.

The parameters for my residency are:

  • 20 hours per week in the studio

  • Teach one workshop of my choosing but related to my work in the residency

  • Produce an edition of 40 prints

The biggest challenge for me is the print edition. When I came to the residency, I didn’t consider myself a printmaker. But since Artspace at Untitled is a printmaking studio, I’m there to learn printmaking skills.

I have access to presses, a darkroom for screen-printing, letterpress equipment, big work tables, and oh-so-generous help from everyone!

My Inspiration for the Edition

Smoke bush leaves

Smoke bush leaves

My inspiration for this work comes from a poem. The line “…comings and goings on the forest floor” (from “In the Clearing” a poem by Patricia Hopper) creates a strong visual image for me. I wanted the work to feel organic and natural.

These leaves were eco-printed from a smoke bush. I describe the technique here.

I wanted to keep the texture (dots) and the organic look from this eco-print.

I made a silk-screen of the enlarged image to transfer to my stained papers. Every one of the 40+ stained papers had the leaves screened on to them.

Screen-print leaves on stained paper

Screen-print leaves on stained paper

For the background color, I want to keep the idea of the forest floor, so I put a layer of ink on the printing plate, put the paper down and ran it through the press.

I’m putting ink on the plate

I’m putting ink on the plate

Paper face down on the plate

Paper face down on the plate

Here’s the press that I get to use to make my prints:

The “captain’s wheel”

The “captain’s wheel”

After it’s gone through the press, I get to pull the paper up and see the results.

The results!

The results!

Next layer is masking the shape of the leaves over the background.

Rolling on another layer of green through a paper mask.

Rolling on another layer of green through a paper mask.

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I have one more step to add some more color on these papers. I think that will be the last one.

I’ll let you know!

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