Drypoint and Chine Collé Printmaking

I took a class at Em Space recently which was taught by two master printmakers from Japan. Ritsuko Ozeki and Takahiko Hayashi were both visiting from Tokyo because their work is on display at the Froelick Gallery thru November, and they agreed to give a three hour workshop on drypoint and chine collé.

Examples of drypoint and chine collé artwork by Ritsuko Ozeki and Takahiko Hayashi
Examples of work by Ritsuko Ozeki and Takahiko Hayashi

Let me tell you, it was one of the funnest printmaking classes I’ve taken! Twelve students were all able to create an etching on plexiglass using a variety of sharp tools, and then make a print of it using fancy japanese paper samples the teachers brought with them.

The first etching I created was a bit like therapy…at least that is what a fellow student told me when he saw me furiously scratching at my plexi with rocks and pounding it with a nail and hammer. When I took the plexi outside to scrape it on the curb they probably thought I’d gone off the deep end. Here are the results…

Yikes! Let's not psychoanalyze this…

The second etching I made was much more subdued, and instead of using chine collé on the entire print area (you can see the slight cream color paper behind the entire inked area on the print above), I put a small square of strawberry colored paper in the middle of the composition.

Square peg in a round hole. The black ink and strawberry colored paper are transferred to the white backing sheet at the same time. The gray background haze is created by not fully wiping ink off the plexi.

Here are a few more pictures of the process…

Ritsuko Ozeki and Takahiko Hayashi with their translator and Rory Sparks, testing a print.
Two pieces of paper placed on the inked plexiglass, waiting to be printed.
Takahiko Hayashi pulling the test print.
The plexiglass after printing - the chine collé paper has been transferred, and remnants of ink are left on the plate.
The results - black ink and two pieces of chine collé paper transferred to the white backing paper.
Using the same plexi plate with a different configuration of chine collé.
The results!

Check out more pictures of the class at Em Space’s facebook page.

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