I work from my own
hand carved plates. I used to work with a Dremel. but have resigned
that and use hand tools. My tools of choice are .5 mm and
1 mm veiner
I carve in MDF
Medium density fibre board. This is actually resin with micro dust
in it. Effectively I am carving in resin. I have carved in
Color. I expect
that I am the only person in the world with a full color pallette
of rubbing wax. In 2003 I had Cirencester wax make a vat of
unpigmented. I pigment my own in my basement. Besides pure
pigment i also use a dry English pastels. The pastel is a
bit gritty, which does not completely dissolve in the melting process.
This leads to an active color pallette on the page! The grits dissolve
in the over passes of wax. So you can layer colors and blend them
on the page.
Technique. When I did
rubbings in 1982 in St. Martins, I was a "good boy". I
stayed in the lines. I used strokes all in one direction. As i have
gone further I now prefer to rub at a 45 degree angle if the plate
allows it. This makes the burnish very active. I also incolude
the "ghostings" of the edge and the removed parts of the
plate. They add an energy and a testimony to the fact that
this is not brass. But hand carved block print.