Spit-Biting and Photopolymer

Or, how I learned to rethink my materials, again.This post follows on the heels of the last ("Blocking Light In a Creative Way"), and recounts another scenario where I made a major inroad in how I approach media, process, and critical thinking. One of the major themes in my studio practice is adaptation. Besides narrowing … Continue reading Spit-Biting and Photopolymer

The Electrolytic Solution

The electrolyte is the solution that allows electricity to flow from one plate to the other. There is a different electrolyte for different metals. For copper, the electrolyte is copper sulfate. For zinc, the electrolyte is zinc sulfate. For steel, the electrolyte is ferrous sulfate. All three chemicals are readily available online; copper sulfate is … Continue reading The Electrolytic Solution

Some New Little Experiments

Here are a few more little photopolymer intaglio prints with a lot of tinkering on the part of the transparencies. No digital bits here! I've been really interested in capturing physical forces, much like early scientists during the advent of photography. These images are a result of capillary action, a physical phenomenon that allows liquid … Continue reading Some New Little Experiments

DIY Leather Litho Rollers (Attempt No.1)

UPDATE: (March 2018) I haven't moved further than this post with this project. Unfortunately, litho has fallen by the way-side due to changes in schedule, focus of my work and the studio, and the decision to limit the physical toll that he studio takes on my body. Being the newest addition, and least practiced element … Continue reading DIY Leather Litho Rollers (Attempt No.1)

Production Paper Tearing (Improved!)

I showed off my paper-tearing contraption of at the 2013 Southern Graphics Council conference in Milwaukee, but it just received a new tweak. Something that I am embarrassed to say took me this long to figure out. I switched out the clamps that normally hold the straightedge to drilled holes and wooden pegs. These make … Continue reading Production Paper Tearing (Improved!)

Virtue No. 463 – Adjustable Strength

Besides time, you can affect an etch through the strength of the current flowing through the circuit. The lower the amperage, the more delicate the etch, and the finer the details. Conversely, the higher the amperage, the stronger the etch, the courser the details. Amperage, voltage and ohms are often described using an analogy to … Continue reading Virtue No. 463 – Adjustable Strength