Ali Matteini

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Printmaking Workshop: Week One

I won’t be back in the silver studio until the last weekend of February, as I’ll be embarking on three weekends of ‘safer’ printmaking during a series of workshops run by Printmaking Sisters Robin Ezra and Annie Day.
I attended the first of the three workshops this past weekend, and although printmaking is a process I haven’t been through since completing my Certificate of Fine Arts 17 years ago, I threw myself wholeheartedly into it, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is quite an addictive art. I also love the fact that safer alternatives are used, instead of rosin and acids and other harsh traditional printmaking chemicals.

The first workshop explored waterless lithography.

An image is drawn on thin aluminium plates using a Omnichrom pencilSharpie texta, or crayon. The plate is then coated in a water repellent silicon and odourless solvent solution and cured in an oven for >20 minutes before washing away the medium with acetone. In this technique, the etching is made in the surface of this cured silicon base, not in the plate itself. Other mediums, such as the use of copha or floor polish, make for some interesting effects, and iron-on transfers allow for writing to be added into the artwork (the right way round!).

The volume and quality of work created by my fellow classmates was remarkable.

Below are my efforts.

Day One:


Praying Mantis

Deer & Forest – plain

Deer & Forest – Printed on patterned paper
Day Two:
Deer & Forest – each colour
etched and printed separately (4 plates)

Deer & Forest – lookin’ shifty!

Flower – iron-on transfer 
Paging Mr Fibonacci

The Ubiquitous Moon Over Mountains

Day Three:

Vinnie Cat – printed onto coloured paper

Flower – 2 plates printed over yellow ink background

Mr Fibonacci – 2 plates

Next week: Copper sulphate etching…

5 comments on “Printmaking Workshop: Week One

  1. Jacqui Dent
    January 31, 2011

    These are really nice, Ali! I love the deer in the forest, it reminds me of this old folk art plate I saw in a museum in Salzburg. 😀

  2. Alison Boyd
    February 1, 2011

    Thanks Jacqui! I know the kind of plates and am the proud owner of an overpriced ripoff of one of them 😉 The deer print was inspired by a folk art printed quilt by this talented lady

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  4. The Sicilian Housewife
    January 13, 2013

    Beautiful! Interesting how different a picture looks when you just change the colours. My fave was the deer in black red and gold – so atmospheric.

    • kittykatmandoo
      January 14, 2013

      Thank you so much 🙂
      The print has been made over a gorgeous textured gold-painted French paper…I can never seem to remember the name of this technique – a French name – sounds like Chambolé…Google hasn’t helped me today! I must email the Printmaking Sisters and ask them. Again. And possibly write the word down.

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