|Photoshop image of scanned flowers |
(The image will be inverted when printed)
Students in my printmaking workshop drew images of flowers and after scanning them, I created a collage in Photoshop to laser cut into MDF. I treated the MDF before lasering with shellac (applied with a rag, let dry, lightly sanded with white 3M pad, reapplied shellac, resanded).
Digital techniques printmaking--here to stay
On the way to MAKEatx , our topic was Modern Printmaking Techniques Used Alone or when Combined with Traditional Printmaking--Are They Acceptable? Since they have been raised in high tech, I really wanted to get their opinions. When someone creates an image exclusively in Photoshop and calls it a Digital Woodcut, then prints it on a high-end laser printer, should it be called a woodcut? Here we were going to a laser cutting machine to digitally engrave a piece of wood. The consensus? Digital is here to stay. Artwork needs to be properly noted with technique. I also encouraged them to question artists and gallery owners how art works are created and printed, e.g. "art print" can actually mean "reproduction" and not "hand-pulled print"--not everyone is on the same page on full disclosure.