Printmaking techniques explained

What is drypoint?

I create a drypoint print by using a sharp scribe to draw my design onto an acrylic plate.  It scratches the surface and creates burrs, which will hold the ink.  I ink the plate, then with skill, wipe the plate to create the beauty and depth of colour I require in the finished print.  The plate is then passed through the etching press to create the print.  The inking process then begins again for the next print in the edition.

Drypoint etching
drying prints

Limited Editions

All my drypoint prints are titled, signed and numbered limited editions.  Each print has been entirely handmade.

What is a monotype?

I create a monotype by inking and wiping directly onto an acrylic plate that's covered in a thin layer of ink. No pre-drawing, marking out, nothing! When I'm happy with the plate I run it through the etching press to create the print. I love the unpredictability of this type of printmaking.

Monotype in progress
monotype ghost plate

Limited Editions

When creating a monotype, there will only ever be one print and possibly one 'ghost' print (a paler print than the first).  The plate is then washed clean.

What is screenprinting?

My screenprints are hand drawn designs that I expose onto a silk screen to create a type of stencil. Using a squeegee, paint is then pushed through the silk screen onto the paper. When designing a screenprint each colour is individually printed and therefore layered. I enjoy thinking about my artwork in this way and I apply this mindset when working with some gouache illustrations.

Framed beach hut screenprint
pedal car screenprint

Limited Editions

My screen prints are either open ended (signed, titled but not numbered) or limited edition (signed, titled and numbered).  Every print has been handmade.