Hybrid bird

Hybrid bird

For this piece I wanted to mix different printing techniques, adding a background to the etch that would be completely original.

Before printing I mixed up all the inks I wanted with linseed oil. This makes life a lot less rushed once printing gets going and avoids paints drying out.

The mono printing process requires wet paper, so first it gets a water bath soaking.

water bath for paper.

Using a paintbrush and white spirit I painted the inks on plastic sheeting then placed it on the paper and ran the plate-ink-paper sandwich through the press.

Ink applyed to the printing plate.

I repeated this process six times to get six different images. After printing each piece of paper I placed them back in the water bath so that they didn’t dry out before the next step.

the six mono prints.

Then I used printers ink mixed with Vaseline to grind into the etching plate and put the sandwich through another roll of the press.

mono print with etching bird on top. 

Each image is different. Some of them work and some of them really don’t, but that is part of the fun.

the finished prints hanging up to dry.



Little bird

This little bird is a combination of a very simple mono print and a dry point etching. Because of the mono print, the colour underneath is bird is the same, and yet very different.

First I placed a plate of toughened glass over the etching and painted a yellow bird shape.

Inked plate before printing.


Then I ran it through the press.

After running the plate through the press.


Little bird layer 1.

Then the prints went for a bath to make the paper wet for the etch print.

The etching plate after printing.


Finished Little bird.

The final image is small and simple, but effective.

All a buzz

On a recent trip to LA, my sister took these wonderful photographs of bees. The photos set my artistic juices flowing!

photo by Katherine Wright

photo by Katherine Wright

Bees are a subject that I have worked on before and that I really enjoy drawing. Here are my latest offerings.


I will have to do some more sketches before I decide where to take these pictures,  but right now I am thinking a combined Lino and etch piece.