carborundum printmaking


Carborundum; Silicon Carbide is a compound of Carbon and Silicon that is used for its abrasive qualities. Recently it has been used in print making as it can with stand the pressure of the etching press roller. It provides passages of dense tone within a plate. This can provide many interesting possibilities when combined with dry point, or in this case impasto acrylic.

Here it is used on a large card plate which has had trails of PVA glue applied and then carborundum sprinkled liberally onto it. Once knocked off and dried thoroughly it can be sealed with Shellac and printed with as normal

The other texture has been achieved by painting on acrylic to give a raised but gentle relief.

The final print can be seen in the gallery below.