Pulling a print

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Making one of a kind prints is an intense process. Sometimes the picture is created on the surface, by working in the ink. Other times I am using drypoint, collagraph and chine collé, or a combination, like here.

The plates can be turned around, and printed on top of each other, each choice giving several new possibilities. Or as here, I cut my plate in two pieces, to change the direction of the lines before I rearranged them to one plate. It is all a matter of seeing in advance, getting an idea of the direction of the print, taking chances, and then being aware of what is happening during the printing process.

I make several plates in the same size, with different approaches. It is like the alphabet. We have to learn the latters, put them together to words, and suddenly we can express whole sentences.