PRINTMAKING, POINT ENGRAVED GLASS PLATE

The work table ready for a new adventure. I’ve thought about printmaking from glass plates for a long time. Tried a few basic experiments over the last few years and got together basic equipment.
Using a pin press and diamond burr I’m using the point or line technique made popular in Britain in a revival of glass engraving based around the Guild of Glass Engravers. http://www.gge.org.uk/ I’m using a solid little easel type, head magnifieers,and black cloth under so I can see the work. There’s reference print books as well as a chinese painting book that I copied the image from. It’s hard to get a good work light, essential, so I have a shed light, 100w, that is clamped to a camera tripod until I make a proper stand for it.
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The plate looks terrific. I really enjoyed this part of it, slow and meditative, and I love the play of light on clear glass. If I want to I can use the drill to make up solid dark blocks.
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The plate inked up. Now you can see the dark that before was light. Surprising how much detail is picked out by the ink.
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My print. A hell of a mess, and I hated working with the ink. Thinned it down with plate ink, soaked the paper, and used a speedball hand barren thing. Over all I think the paper is too coarse and I need a press for the fine line type. Like an etching. Maybe a sharper darker ink, not a soft black. I’m really not sure I want to do this, just to prove it can be done. Maybe if I read up a bit more and go for a broader style that will hand print better I can have another go later.
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