Mat Board Intaglio
I repurpose the mat board scraps from mounting my student work!
Cut the mat board down to the size you want!
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Draw directly onto your plate or transfer a drawing you’ve already made
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I used tracing paper and a soft lead pencil to transfer my sketch
Once your drawing is done, prepare to coat your plate with gloss varnish
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Coat evenly and let dry. To really protect your plate, coat the back once the front has dried
Incise the lines with an X-acto knife. You can also peel away the top layer to create low relief
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Coat once more with gloss varnish
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While your varnish dries, rinse your papers under a running faucet and stick them in a plastic bag
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Prepare to ink your plate! Cover your work surface and gather materials! *Gloves recommended
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Evenly coat your plate with ink, ensuring that ink gets into the grooves. Wipe the surface clean.
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Place your plate on the press bed
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With clean hands, place damp paper on the plate and run it through the press
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Pull back the layers to see how it turned out!
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Tip: always make a ghost print while there’s still ink on the plate!
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