Friday, 22 June 2012

Drypoint using a Dremel

Here's the next drypoint, and I used a new tool, the Dremel Hobby Engraver, for the darkest tones.
The engraver creates really deep dotted pits in the zinc, which hold an amazing amount of ink, which in turn makes for fantastic fuzzy and rich black tones. I'd been looking into trying to make tones very dark and asked a fellow printmaker (Emerson Mayes) what he used. So after buying safety glasses (because I thought metal would be flying everywhere), I started on this piece.
Its from a drawing made last year in my old suburb Crouch End, and is the outside seating area at the Spiazzo diner. It is 37x15cm. I've made an edition of 20, and may be exhibiting it later this year.

Afterwards I added watercolour to one of the lighter prints to see how it would look with colour. It came out 'cute'. Sometimes I like a bit of cute, its relaxing.

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