What is Marbling?

Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MA

Marbling consists of floating paints on a surface of thickened liquid, manipulating them to create patterns, then lifting the patterns onto prepared paper. Traditionally this craft was done with oils or gouache. Acrylic paints are easier to use, and are chosen by many professional marblers today. Water-based, safe, and quick- drying, they are capable of […]

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What is Solar Plate Etching?

Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MA

Solar plate etching is a relatively new printing technique. Traditional etching is a printmaking process that dates back 500 years. Unfortunately, it is not a very environmentally friendly technique, as it involves sheets of metal, usually made of copper or zinc, and acid used to etch the print onto the metal. For many years I […]

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Historic Reproduction Marbling

Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MA

Historic reproduction marbled paper is made using techniques from the 18th & 19th Centuries that have been largely lost since the Industrial Revolution. All paints used are hand made in the studio and include a pure beeswax glazing medium, also hand made. When polished, the beeswax is forced into the paper itself making it anti-microbial, […]

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Monoprint

Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MA

The monoprint is a form of printmaking where the image can only be made once, unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple originals An impression is printed from a reprintable block, such as an etched plate or woodblock, but in such a way that only one of its kind exists, for example by incorporating unique […]

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Solar Plate Printmaking

Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MA

For solar plate printmaking, first the artwork is prepared on glass or transparencies with light stopping opaque paint or ink. Next the artwork is laid, face down, on the unexposed plate. The the ‘sandwich’ is exposed to light, either sunlight or in a special light box. The plate is then lightly scrubbed to reveal the […]

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