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From TIGER LILY MEMBER JAN THOMAS My grandson and I recently completed a challenge together. His challenge was to construct a mini print press using a 3D printer. My part of the challenge was to then hand pull successful prints using the mini printer. We both succeeded! The free plans…

Gelatin Plates & Exploring the Monotype Gelli plates are made from gelatin (permanent plates are gelatin & glycerine) and are soft, flexible plates which can be used with hand-pressure or brayer pressure, opening the world of printmaking to those without presses or other heavy equipment. Instead of ink, you can…

Jonpaul Smith is a Cincinnati artist known for his meticulous and tightly carved linocut blocks, as well as woven paper pieces. Recently, Jonpaul took on a collaborative project, becoming a visual interpreter for a Navy veteran’s story of service. (For more on Jonpaul’s thoughts & process, we’ll follow-up this post…

In this class students will learn (or revisit) the basic techniques of drypoint on plexiglass, and explore the possibilities of combining the boldness and detail of drypoint images with the subtle texture and color of a collagraph. In the first session we’ll freely experiment with making collagraph plates, adding different…

  Jan Thomas’ sculptural vessels made from prints (mixed media & drypoint) have been juried into two shows this year. “Yggdrasil” (above) is selected for the Ohio Craft Museum’s “Best of 2018” juried exhibition. Jan’s “Undulata Naturale” (above) will appear in the National Basketry Organizations Members in Print exhibition, also…

Kathleen Piercefield’s Drypoint Into Monoprint workshop investigates mark-making on and printing plexiglass plates. Participants made test plates then worked on a single image for the remainder of the glass, experimenting with various scribes, rockers, etching tools, and sandpapers. Participants worked on plexiglass plates with beveled edges, exploring the mark-making potential…

How to Prepare a Copper Plate (We’re using 4×6 copper plates at .05″ thick from Blick. This thickness requires the edges to be beveled before printing! They’re a pretty handy size to experiment with, and are, as of this writing, under $8 each.) In order to protect the back of…

In the first session of Intro to Copper Etching Workshop, we used tracing paper & carbon paper to layout (and transfer) our images on 4×6 inch copper plates rolled with hard ground. Below: carbon paper transfer on hard ground & needle etching tool used to draw through to expose copper…

Sheila’s Take on Monoprinting The printmaking process of monoprinting is a form of producing prints that uses images or line that can be printed one time, unlike most forms of printmaking. where multiple prints are produced. Monoprints are handmade and hand-pulled from a press by the artist. They can also…

Resurgent interest in The Arts and Crafts Movement in the 1970s along with the Feminist Movement propelled me in the direction of exploring previously designated domestic crafts with the intention of raising the status to a fine art form. This concept originated in Victorian England under the influence of John…

Mary Woodworth‘s four night experimental workshop on collagraph plate and printmaking at Tiger Lily Press ended in an evening of pulling prints. Wetting the paper (soaking and rolling between towels until just damp) allows for beautiful coverage and a really lovely embossing from textured collagraph plates. During the class, participants…

ARTIST STATEMENT — Kathleen Piercefield Years ago, before I had any personal experience with printmaking, I was drawn to the mystique of the process and to the richness of line that I saw in prints.  I was doing a lot of pen and ink drawings at the time, and some…