Liza Folman

Liza Folman

Brookline, MA
Illuminated Knode, Multiple-Plate Color Intaglio
23 x 18

“Illuminated Knock” is a multiple-plate color intaglio printed on Magnani Pescia Soft White, 300gsm in 2006.

PLATEMAKING:
Bevel three same-sized copper plates.
Develop ideas for image and color separation in watercolor.
Draw contour version of image to scale on trace vellum.
Transfer contour lines onto each plate using soft ground. All plate biting in Ferric Chloride.
Aquatint all three plates; step-bite them to achieve full value range as needed.
Proof all three plates (see below) and then continue to rework plates (using various intaglio techniques as needed for additions and subtractions) through a series of states and color proofs to develop and refine the image and color relationships.

PRINTING:
Soak paper in cold water for at least 20 minutes.
Apply various colors and mixtures of Charbonnel etching inks to each plate with a
plastic scraper.
Wipe each plate with a correspondingly colored tarlatan, then taffeta and/or hand wipe, lightly retouch the plate with the tarlatan at the end.
When more than one color is applied to a plate, each color is applied and wiped before applying the next color (there are 5 colors on these 3 plates),
Clean edges of each plate, place plate template on press bed.
Blot paper.
Place first plate carefully face up on template (which will insure image registration).
Lay damp paper on top, with protective tissue on top of paper.
Run through press with felt blankets, letting paper end remain caught under the
press roller.
Remove first plate, place second plate face up, using template for registration and roll through press as above.
Repeat with third plate.
Remove print from press after final plate and dry between blotters under boards.
Clean all three plates before re-inking.