of my prints combine different printmaking techniques in the one image.
These techniques can be explained as follows:
special tools I carve an image on to linoleum. The linoleum surface is
then inked up with a roller and printed on to paper by
hand or by using
a printmaking press. The image is transferred on to the paper and
becomes reversed. Where the linoleum has
been carved, this will appear
as white on to the paper as this area is below the surface of the
linoleum and has not picked up ink. Several blocks can be used to add
different colours. Each block is printed separately.
etching is a safer form of traditional
Photopolymer plates are relatively new to printmaking and allow an
accurate reproduction of a photographic image. It
is a very versatile technique, allowing printmakers infinite
possibilities unconstrained by the medium.
is firstly created on to a transparent sheet. The transparency is then
overlaid on to the photopolymer plate and exposed to ultraviolet light.
This can be done in the sun, or for greater control, by using a box
emitting ultra violet light. On the plate surface is a polymer that is
light sensitive and water-soluble. The area of polymer exposed to
ultraviolet light hardens, whereas the polymer blocked by the artwork
remains water-soluble. This area dissolves in water leaving the image
from the transparency etched into the polymer. The etched area on the
plate captures the ink and the image is printed using a printmaking
press. This process is the inverse of relief printmaking as the ink is
captured below the surface of the plate.
The term “Giclée Print”
makes reference to the creation of original fine art using ink jet as
the method of printing. With today’s advanced technology exceptional
quality Giclée prints are
able to be created that are of an archival quality.
order to retain a raw, printerly quality to my Giclée prints,
the artworks are first printed using traditional methods such as
intaglio and relief. The designs are then layered with other images such
as original, delicate graphite drawings. The completed Giclée artworks
are rich, tactile prints that retain the essence of the printmaking