Forrest Moses

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Forrest Moses is shown making monotypes with Michael Costello, owner of Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM.  In this process, etching ink is brushed, pushed, wiped, scratched, thinned and otherwise manipulated on a plexiglas plate and transferred to paper on a large etching press. One unique image is produced.  Moses uses the monotype to interpret land images as well as Flower and Figure. 

 

Forrest Moses

Printing ink table
 

Forrest Moses
Painting on the plate


The landscape
Monotypes
utilize the same subject as the larger, more formal oil paintings.

Looser in line and color, the monotypes are less objective without losing image identity.


 


Forrest Moses
Working the plate


 


Forrest Moses
Chine colle process.
Forrest often adds a chine colle (a paper glued to another paper).  Michael has gently placed a rice paper over the inked plate.  He is dusting the paper with powered wheat paste.  Next, the plate and paper will be placed together on the press, under the larger, damp etching paper.  The final effect produces an image printed onto the rice paper (chine colle), glued down by the wheat paste, moisture, and pressure of the press.  The chine colle makes  the lightly toned area on the etching paper in the photo below.
 


Forrest Moses
Pulling the print from the plate
The print has just passed through the press and the etching paper is pulled away from the plate.
 (This print is different from the photo on the right)
 


Forrest Moses
Viewing the final print
In this case, Forrest has decided to add an additional glaze to the image.  The printer is in the background preparing an inked roll to add to the plate.  The plate and paper have been kept in position on the press bed to allow immediate changes to the plate.  Once changes have been made, the print is carefully laid back over the plate and passed through the press.

This final print required Forrest's drawing directly to the plate, a chine colle, an additional toned roll to the plate, and two passes through the press.
 

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