Available March 27, 2007
It looks like Kathan Brown of Crown Point Press has written another bookMagical Secrets about Line Etching & Engraving: The Step-by-Step Art of Incised Lines. This time it is more about technical skills rather than creative thinking (Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively: The Art of Etching and the Truth of Life). I was browsing through Crown Point Press summer courses and would love to take and etching workshop. I really don't know what my schedule will be like this summer, so it's hard to plan for it. I guess it's sort of hard to get into the workshops. They select people by pulling their names out of a hat. One of the printmaking professors from CCA actually used to work at Crown Point Press, and he does things a lot differently from the way I've been taught. I'm a get down and dirty printmaker while he was a more orderly, scientific printmaker. Still I would love take a class and use the facilities.
Magical Secrets are sudden flashes of insight that help you make sense of something you care about. If you care about etching, engraving, and drypoint (a form of engraving), you will find revelations here. Author Catherine Brooks is a master printer at Crown Point Press, printers and publishers of etchings since 1962, and she draws on the venerable history of that institution to create an inspirational and highly usable how-to book. Crown Point Press founder, Kathan Brown, adds an appendix on hand-wiping and printing that teaches you to ink and print etchings with Crown Point’s superlative quality. The practical information is artistcentered, with illustrations and discussions of line etchings and engravings enhanced by quotations from the artists who made them. The book includes a DVD on which Catherine Brooks and Kathan Brown demonstrate the processes and artists are shown using them. On the accompanying website, you can join others in discussions and find ongoing information and ideas to increase your pleasure in the printmaking world.