Experiments with the dark field method (printmaking)
The dark field method is a subtractive method of printmaking. In this case, you start by covering a copper plate with lithographic ink (+ 10% miracle gel). Compared to, for example, a linocut print, this plate can be covered with a juicy layer.
Then, you will slowly start revealing an image by removing ink to create highlights and textures. For this, you can use anything that doesn’t scratch/damage the copper plate. This way you can use the plate over and over again. I’ve been using rags, cotton swabs, and old brushes.
When ready, the design will be printed with an etching press on dry paper. Kitakata paper, which is a thin Japanese paper, gives a great result. As it is very thin and I love thicker paper, I also tried my favourite Simili Japon (not in these) but while it turned out better than I thought, it doesn’t absorb the ink as well. The Kitakata paper results in beautiful rich blacks, that according to my teacher get even more beautiful as you print extra layers with colour.
So far, I’ve only been focussing on experiments with textures and blacks, if I have the time, I’d love to try one with extra colour.