I work with a variety of printmaking methods, and I am certainly not a purist with any medium or technique! Often my prints are starting points for finished art work that truly satisfies me! Many of my prints are enhanced with colored pencil, ink, paint, or collage additions. I may use multiple printmaking techniques for on one artwork. Some prints become part of larger collages, or are incorporated into 3-D work. Some are monoprints, in that they are not readily reproducible from one or more printing plates run through a press. These may incorporate use of original or found stencils, direct manipulation of ink on the plate, or other techniques.
These prints may have multiple passes, and/or multiple processes, including drawing or painting over the prints. The primary process for these prints is some form of "lino" cut. I have used floor lino, printmaking lino, and a variety of "easy carve" materials sold for printmaking.
Prints in this album rely on either poly-lithography or photo etching. Both processes are relatively new, & rely on modern materials. Poly-lithography is modeled on traditional lithography but uses a very different plate material, a thin flexible polyester plate. It supports some very different image options. The artist may still draw directly on the plate as in traditional lithography, another option is to print images on the plate using a laser copier or printer. Either way, the plate must be inked wet, & is generally printed on an etching press. Photo-etching is a twist on the original etching process: a light sensitive emulsion is applied, exposed with one or more images on transparencies, and chemically etched. The plate is more fragile than a traditional plate, suitable for small editions. It is inked, wiped & printed in the same manner as other etched plates. The image transparencies can be created by direct drawing or by printing digital images.