The end of our residency here at Fiskars is looming rapidly, and so we have been working pretty solidly to try and get things done before our open studio show on Friday evening. We have both been working on our various individual projects, like my little set of wood engravings, and Dave has been uploading new photo’s to Turnstile’s Shootin’ Gallery. As well as all that, the main piece we are aiming to show we be a grid of 32 drypoint prints (with the odd relief printed collograph in there too), with each of us having contributed half the prints. This is Dave’s first foray into printmaking since undergrad, so I’ve been helping him with all the inking and wiping a project like this entails.
Being on a short term residency in an unfamiliar place can call for some new approaches to things. The ink I ended up with, was a Graphic Chemicals ‘Stiff Black’ etching ink. It’s ok for wood engraving, but not nearly as foolproof as litho ink. On the other hand it is way too sticky for wiping an intaglio plate – especially when you have been using the one piece of tarletan for way too long! Lacking any plate oil, or ‘easy wipe’ compound, I’ve been adding a bit of the cheep oil paint that I picked up in the discount variety store in Karjaa one day. I bought a little tube, not knowing what for, since there was a colour that matched the Falu Red colour of the houses. Makes my black nice and warm.
Lots more prints to pull tomorrow, so I’d better get to bed.
If you happen to be in Fiskars this Friday (29th June) in the evening, 18-20, then do drop by at the Artist in Residence house to see the whole set!