Thursday, 31 January 2019


...Ok, it is a "quick&dirty"-print, just to realize the idea, to print the engraving into 5mm acrylic-glass.
Just I'ver tried it with a bigger one picture, but the engraving area was not smooth enough...
The engraving above, I've lasered two times with an 3'000 mW mini-laserengraver. It is very small, but I'll try it now with a bigger sized picture.

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Sunday, 27 January 2019

1st. Photo-Print from Laser Xylogravur

Yesternight I've been more successful in laser-engraving wooden-blocks and printing them.
I used 2 colors, 1st. blue, 2nd. in black. Also I used 2 different kinds of wood... with two different thickness. So I've had some problems with adjusting the hight of the two blocks, 'cause I printed both colors "wet in wet"".
But I was too curious to see a result... and it works... not sooo good as I hoped, but... take a look by yourself:

1st. print from a Laser-Xylogravur-Photo.
Scanned from a 4.5 x 6 cm Negative (Mamiya).

Also successful: my try-out to engrave and print plain text (Times) in a ca. 11 Pt.-Letters.

The print-block.

The print.
...may be, next I print a whole magazine in this way ;o)

PS.: the Google translation into English is more funny, then my poem:
"Once upon a time, there was a man,
Who read what he can do.
And after the lasers
He drank glasses."

PS.: today I've seen, that I'm not really the first, who engraves wood with a laser and use the block for printing, Tina Gardiakos did it in 2015.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Modern "Linotype" by Laser-Engraver

In this night I've been frustrated, because I've had problems with engraving a half-tone-clicheé in ply-wood.
To end this night with success, I tried to engrave simple black/white letters for a letterpress-print.
The font "Mesquite" is not my favorite, but it has some small details.
The result was brilliant, as you can see.
For printing I use the Mini.Halfewood-Press.

The screen with the text written in "Mesquite".
The 3W Mini-Laser-Engraver (max. engraving-size: 8 x 7.5 cm).
The engraved ply-wood.
...after sanding down (with 800er)
The relief.
The original-text.

The Print, Original size: 4.3 cm!!!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Laser-XyloGravur, the new kind of Woodcutting.

If you are a woodcutting-artist, you know the joy, but also the limits of it.
Last November I bought a "Mini-Laser-Engraver" and made my first trials to use ply-wood-laser-engraves as relief-prints.
The size is just limited to 3.5 cm x 3.6 cm and it lasts finally about some hours to engrave, but the result is so fine ;-)

The plywood-block, after the 1st prints.

The (rainbow-)print on 40 y.o. environmental-protection-paper from "Stöcklin"/Switzerland".
My engraving-desk, this time with a stamp-motiv.
By the way: I'm printing with a Mini-Halfwood-Press, designed by Bill Ritchie.
If you have any question, ask me.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Thermofax "quick&dirty" goes "old style" with with a 3M-Thermocopy-Machine
The Blog of Squigglemom tells you, how Patricia Tsolasue and her friend Caprice Rothe forced the Gestetner Copy-Master-Screen to work as usual Thermofax-Screen, instead of the new and bad working RISO-Thermofax-Screen.
Take a peek, if you are disappointed with the new RISO-Screens!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Testing the new Mini-Halfwood-Press

For more information about the Mini-Halfwood-Press goto:

My page at the Patrons-Site of the Founder, Designer and Intaglio-Artist
of the Halfwood-Presses Bill Ritchie

Monday, 19 March 2018

Thermo again, but this time in Intaglio

You know Dry-Point-Intaglio. Often used with plates of artificial-glass.
Now I've found out a technic, I call it "Hot-Point-Intaglio".
First prints (not really art, but try-outs), I've printed with the pasta-press.
I've used PET, available in DoIt-Shops, thickness 0,7 mm, from a roll.
With the first contact with a hotgun, it becomes flat - very nice.
I warmed it up an pressed it at first with a 40er sand-paper (today I think 80er would be better).
The structure of the impressed sand-paper, I could flatten at a small a part (red arrow), to look how I can made an Mezzotinto-Effect with this technic.
I've printed the first color (blue) and sanded the plate with 240er, to see, how much color will be take into the plate now. I've printed the plate in red. ... and also a red print over the blue one.

left the PET-Plate (sorry, upside down), the blue print, with the retouched  part (red arrow), to  test the mezzotints-style. under this the red print, smoothed with 240er sand-paper. Right the print with two colors.
The PET-Plate with hot impressed sand-paper and some scratches.

Later I've had the idea to press the sand-paper a second time on the plate, but when I heated the plate, the surface becomes flat again, no structure anymore ;(
So took a new plate, pressed ist with the sand-paper ad put some hot metal-pices on the plat. It works, but the small items sticked in the surface...
Ok. It was just the 2nd try. I printed it in blue...

Left on the Pasta-Press the plate with some pieces from a clock, beside the print in blue.

I will continue the experiments with heating PET... I hope this was stimulating for you, too.

Have a nice Print-Day.