Intaglio Printmaking Tools: Burins : Intaglio Burin Line Variation

Intaglio Printmaking Tools: Burins : Intaglio Burin Line Variation


I am Jason Shoemaker at Slugfest Printmaking
Workshop and we are going to get a little more in depth with mark making here with our
burin. We have already made a few marks, we’ve got fingerprints on the metal but we want
to see where we have made our marks. You can take some jewelry polish and when it gets
in those lines it can actually turn them black so we can see what we’ve done on it. We haven’t
done much but it is a start and we have polished that up and now we see where we want to go
with our next couple of marks and we are going to get our burin stuck in there. The thing
with the burin is you can make really fine lines, you can make some deep lines. The deeper
you go the more resistance you are going to have with the metal and it is also not going
to hold ink like it will with some of the smaller lines. You get real fine lines by
just letting the burin hook into the metal and just push forward and if you want to make
that line a little deeper or a little wider, it is not quite what you wanted you can always
go in there and you can actually feel the burin hook back into that old line and just
follow it and make it a little wider or a little deeper. If you want to make a dark
line or a really bold line you can actually double up the line and make them really close
together and the one thing that happens when I practice engraving is start the lines and
make the lines you want always kind of ease back out of line because what happens if you
just stop is you are going to have a little bur and that is the metal that you have actually
came out of line and what you can do is take your scraper tool and just scrape that off
and that is actually a legitimate mark and it is going to hold ink kind of like a dry
point would and you may like that and you may not but after a couple of lines you can
always go back in there and cut those off and you can have your nice crisp engraving
line.

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