Monday, 29 September 2014

Working title 'Waiting' with Crackle intaglio type

Today I made a fairly large print (50x61cm) doing crackle intaglio type on one of the three plates.
It's been a long, long time since I tried crackle intaglio type, but for this print I needed one of the plates to look old. I did a test on a small plate which didn't work really well, so I just went ahead and made the large one:)

I exposed my image and developed it, then I brushed on gum arabic. My plate was on a hot plate and when the gum arabic dries quickly it crackles. Then I put it back in the developer. I left it in for 11 minutes - which could have been all right, but note to self: have enough gum arabic on the actual image or you will end up with open bite areas.
Now, since I needed an "old" plate, it worked great with the open bite:)

Close up of the crackled plate

 The plate looks pretty bad

The petg plate got all bulky from being on the hot plate

 Close up of the crackled plate, printed

 Detail of finished print

Finished print 'Waiting'
Three plates, Akua intaglio all mixed colours

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Norwegian Printmakers Studio is moving

The Norwegian Printmakers Studio in Oslo where I have worked for the past 12  years, is moving. And there's a lot that needs to be packed, thrown out and packed and....

I cleaned all my Akua intaglio jars with washing up liquid - works great:) 
Yes, first picture is before...

Postcard memories is done:)

Postcard memories is also made with a drypoint plate. This plate is bigger than the paper which means there are no paper-edge in the paper.

Printed with Akua intaglio on Hahnemuhle etching paper.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Postcard memories

I inhereted a big box of postcard from my Dear aunty Signe.

My project is to make a kite of memories.
I went through an found the postcards i wantrd to use. Scanned them all and prepared them in Photoshop. 3 of the postcards needed to be made into cmyk for 4-color prints.

Some of the pieces - they had to be cut to end up as a kite when put together.

Detail of the print. The print is not quite finished yet, but here is the main shape:

I'll keep working tomorrow. 
I have a plan.... ;)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Construction type

Today I've been working on a print made with construction type.

The background is made with Akua Intaglio, paynes gray and titanium white.

The finished print - it's inspired by a scene I saw this summer:)

Detail of the sails, Akua Intaglio opaque white and diarylide yellow/scarlet red.

Detail of the construction plate.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Working title; fly

I've been working on a large print, 60x85cm. One plate is a tusch drawing, the background is the spite-bite technique. 

A few obstacles along the way...
The screen was too small and I had to expose half the plate at the time, the developer tray was also too small. I developed half and half:)

The print is made with Akua Intaglio and printed on Hahnemuhle 300gms paper.

Just need to decide on a title...

Monday, 15 September 2014

A very brief history

I first heard about intaglio type in 2002 from a friend, Linda Neville. We had finished our printmaking degree, and she told me that this technique was something I should check out.
It was fascinating and difficult! I tried to learn by looking at a video (no dvds at that time) and reading a book.

2004 - Workshop in Dumfries, Scotland, with Keith Howard and Friedhard Kiekben. I learned so much in one week! And met some great people:)
2007 - Workshop in Capileira, Spain, with Henrik B√łegh. Fantastic place and great workshop. It is always good to learn new techniques and meet artists from all over the world.
2013 - Workshop in Oslo, Norway, with Bernice Cross and Keith Howard. This workshop I organized together with colleagues at The Norwagian Printmakers Studio. And, ofcours, it was really fantastic!;)

I teach weekend workshops in intaglio type at the Norwegian Printmakers Studio, work on my own prints and run an art- and frame shop in Oslo, E. Gabrielsen.

'Mens vi danser' (While we are dancing), intagliotype/drypoint, 24 x 30cm

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Finally! My own printmaking blog.

I have decided to start my own non toxic printmaking blog! I fell in love with intagliotype in 2002 and now I would like to share ups and downs, inspirations, prints and experiences with you:)

I hope you will enjoy it :)