I found this brilliant video introduction to Intaglio printmaking on Youtube:

Very well-edited and informative video clip.

Mezzotint is one of Intaglio printmaking techniques. Strictly speaking, it is a drypoint, as the image on the plate is formed by roughening the surface of the plate and then smoothing some areas, as opposed to incising the metal in engraving, or biting with acid in etching.

Mezzotint print by Marina kim "Alina's Rose"

Mezzotint “Alina’s Rose”

Alina is my younger daughter. At the time I made this mezzotint she was almost three.

I was looking for an image for a mezzotint on a very long and narrow plate – 40×12.5 cm. My intention was to have a flower on it, but I wanted it to be held, so that the hands would be in the picture and the flower and hands would in a way be competing for the attention of the viewer.

So, I asked Alina to model for me with a rose. And put on a white dress with intricate piping detail. She wasn’t too happy about it. Being heavily under the influence of her almost 5 year-old sister, she was very aware that dresses weren’t cool. But I loved the resulting image with the garden rose near the end of its life and about to loose its petals, and the soft baby-hands holding it. The fabric of the dress creating the background for the image was an interesting detail to work on, and quite a challenge too.

Mezzotint meditation

April 8, 2011

If someone told me even couple of years ago, that art for them is meditation, I wouldn’t get that. For me art is a struggle. It requires pushing oneself.

Yet now I discovered, that mezzotint is a meditation for me.

Yesterday I over-stimulated myself socially (in fact a couple of days in a row I was deliberately doing just that) and had trouble going to sleep. So, now I am calming myself down by working on the new mezzotint plates.

It makes you slow down and pay attention…

Mezzotint plate I am working on currently. Female Nude. Mezzotint artist Marina Kim. Printmaking mezzotint.

Mezzotint