Yep. I actually bought an etching press!
I wasn’t expecting to, but my friend Nicci and I were at Jack Richeson & Co. in Kimberly (Wisconsin), and there it was, a floor model that was about 80% off the retail price. I called Brian for some advice – it was still enough money that I wasn’t just going to purchase it without a “family meeting”. 😀
Once Brian gave his advice (“I think you should!”), I brought this baby home.
I am a little embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t use it right away; I wanted to wait until I took my printmaking classes at Richeson, just so I knew what to expect! The teacher, Heather Oetzel, has the same press that I do, so she knows its quirks and what it does best.
Oh my GOSH! I am so glad I took those classes. Yes, I’ve done many sorts of printmaking before, including relief and monoprints. But on an etching press, it’s so different. The tree that you see, above, was a monoprint I made on Plexiglass using the press. I love the fact that I can just work on it without the ink drying, unlike the monoprints I make on the Gelli (which of course has its own benefits).
Here’s the linocut I made in class:
I’d made linos before, of course, but never on the etching press! I really love the color coverage, and now I don’t have to use mounted blocks!
And lastly – this week (today, actually!), I finally tried drypoint etching. Oh myyyy. I think I’m in love. 😀
Okay, so it’s no Dürer, but I can’t wait to try more! With colors! 😀 I might want to take some of Brian’s photos and start from there.
With this purchase, I sort of feel the tide shifting in my work. I don’t quite know how I’m exactly going to incorporate it into my fiber art, or collage, but I will. And I already made a collagraph this weekend, which I’m very happy with! I used some masonite and just glued evergreen branches right onto it and then varnished it, using Future floor wax. That stuff works perfectly! 😀