During our internship at Zea Mays Printmaking in the spring/summer of 2014, Liz gave Mike Barrett and I the task of coming up with a new recipe for a non-toxic transparent base for etching inks. The base had to match or be better than the beloved Faust Transparent Base (t-base). The t-base had been discontinued much to the chagrin of many printers at the studio. Artists and print studios were hoarding cans of it.
In the end we came up with a base that is pretty close and I would say really nice to work with. It has a nice buttery feel like the Faust t-base but less body. From our research it seems it will also not oxidize as much with copper plates.
You can read about our research here.
Hanco Ink contacted Liz and asked to purchase the recipe. Hence the picture above of me holding a can of Hanco Transparent Base for etching inks. Do you need a can of t-base? You can find it here.
07.11.2015 testing, testing 1,2,3……. back at Zea Mays Printmaking
Mayra asked me this morning what type of baby I was having.
I said a human baby because my brain didn’t understand the question and it was wondering if she was asking if I was going to have a puppy or some other type of baby.
The weekend of May 31/June 1 I got to help out with Joyce Silverstone’s Carve and Roll workshop at Zea Mays Printmaking. The workshop combines relief printing and monotype. Along with assisting I got to participate. It is a really fun and easy way to start relief printing. The blocks are made of a plastic that is harder than linoleum but softer than wood. It carves like a dream and you can use needle tools to make marks. Then add to this Joyce’s sense of color and way of working with a combination of the carved blocks, mono print plates, and stencils and you can really compose some beautiful intricate pieces. Above are my prints, a little uptight but if I go for it again I can imagine getting looser and more dynamic.
We could get mythic: Jodorosky’s Dune
I am in the process of moving out of my studio at 1 Cottage Street. It has been a great run (5 years) and an incredible privilege. My last day in the space is June 30th. I am excited at the prospect of working at home and seeing what new perimeters this will cause in my work.
A shaking up of the old brain and body.
Do you need some materials? I might have some for you.