Thursday, 21 October 2010
Alison Hullyer: Seed Heads - the printing process
I start by sketching the plant and then transfer the design onto tracing paper with a pen. I then copy the design onto special coated-board, by pressing hard with a biro, on the reverse of the tracing paper. I then add further marks to the 'plate' with a drypoint tool and remove a few areas of the coating where I want the ink to be really dark.
I then print the plate by covering it with oil based ink and then carefully wiping if off again, leaving the ink just in the lines. I place the plate on my etching press, put paper on top and roll in through the press. I lift off the paper to reveal the print and repeat the inking process six times to complete the edition. When the ink is dry, I hand-colour the prints with watercolour, sign and edition them.