In the Art Studio
The right tools are prerequisites of all types of art.
Burin and etching needle both are classic engraving tools. They are the daily instruments for Thomas Mack. He uses them to scrape or incise the image into the printing plate in order to expose the metal. This procedure is called intaglio, since it is the resulting incisions that are subsequently printed.
The roller used to perfectly apply the ink is essential for printmaking.
Evenly applying the ink on the plate is obligatory – irrespective of whether Thomas Mack has previously processed the plate with a drypoint, whether he used an acid bath or whether he applied the aquatint procedure, i.e. dusting the plate with resin or rosin. Depending on the duration of the acid bath, finer or coarser structures are created, which result in light grey to deep dark surfaces.
This plate and the printing press are subsequently positioned – only now can the printing process begin.
The processed plate is placed on the printing table together with the paper to be imprinted and the printing felt, which is placed on top. Prior to starting the process, the pressure of the printing press has to be adjusted to match the thickness of the paper and the plate in order to ensure the best possible result. The plate may now be slowly passed through the printing press.
Careful: Removing the paper requires special attention.
At the other side of the printing press, the top layer, i.e. the felt, is now pulled back. Subsequently, the paper has to be removed very carefully in order not to tear it. Come and visit Thomas Mack in his studio and learn how an etching is created. Thomas Mack will be happy to explain the process to you as well as the aspects that need to be considered.
It is always a thrilling experience: What will the result look like?
With his trained eye, the artist immediately recognises how the paper absorbed the ink and whether the picture would be more expressive with a little more or less ink. This technique allows for a great number of design options. Depending on the choice of colour and the thickness in which the ink is applied, the results and quality that can be achieved with one plate vary considerably.
Once the picture is dry and numerous steps have been completed, the pictures are put into protective covers.
Several dozens of steps are necessary before the visitor may see Thomas Mack's pictures and graphics in frames or protective covers. From the initial idea to the further processing or painting over the print, the artist follows spontaneous ideas and thus often creates multi-layered pieces of art that always open up new perspectives. You are cordially invited to come visit and rummage in his studio and discover these perspectives.