Casey Wise

Casey Wise

West Bloomfield, MI
Night Conch, Mezzotint
15 x 14.75

“Night Conch” stems from my adolescent years growing up on the shores of Lake Huron.
The printing process is called a mezzotint which falls under the category of intaglio printmaking. The image was done on a copper plate and printed on Copperplate paper with Graphic Chemicals Vine Black Ink. The plate has a burr raised on its surface with an eighty-five gauge rocker. This creates a dense rough surface that will hold an abundance of ink. If printed at this stage, a dense black image would appear. Next, the image is traced onto the surface of the plate. The image is created by scraping and burnishing the burr off of the surface of the plate. The more of the burr that is removed, the lighter the value will be when printed. The process is much like creating a charcoal drawing when working from dark to light.