These days I'm working in different print techniques in a workshop with my friend José María (Pep) Alaminos. He's a true master and it's a pleasure to learn and practice with him.
Several years ago Pep discovered that cardboard can be treated in the same fashion as traditional drypoint engraving and it's possible to print them exactly the same way as copper or zinc plates.
We don't know how to call this technique, but for the moment (showing our amazing imagination) let's call it Dry point on cardboard plate. You should use cardboard sheets like those in boxes or notebook covers, with a laminated surface or with a light plastic layer. Wherever you incise this surface, the etching ink will remain, making this process possible, with some evident advantages:
- It's far cheaper than metal-plate drypoint: almost any cardboard with the aforementioned surface will do. You can even reuse old boxes or wraps for this printing technique.
- It's much easier to carve or incise the surface: you can create the drawing as easily as you draw with pencil or pen on paper.
- The plate itself is a work of art when you've finished the printing series.
- The results are surprisingly good.
The main disavantadge is the short print run that cardboard can withstand (up to 20-25 prints). If you want to maker small series anyway, this isn't a problem, then, and you have advantages only!
See the acompanying example (click for a much bigger version to see every fine detail) This drawing was made at the workshop and it retains all the immediacy and determination of a pen or pencil drawing. Title: Celebration I. Proof number I. Size of the print: 24 x 17 cm.