Monday, February 12, 2018

The Press of Wet Dog Press

Last fall, the studio in New Boston got a giant makeover - walls  painted, floors ripped up and replaced and supplies reorganized.

Lots of work, for sure, but it looks great now.

And the old space needed freshening up to welcome a new addition....

An Etching Press!

To celebrate, I have followed the example of other printmakers with their own presses and given the studio a new name.

Choosing "Wet Dog Press" was inspired by some friends of mine. Along with paint, ink, canvas, paper and brushes, who is always around when I'm working either outside or in?

A Wet Dog or two more than willing to shake salt or fresh or muddy water all over everything. Thanks to the mucky assistant goldens for the inspiration.

After a few months of cleaning and testing the press, it is now ready for its first edition.

The first print for the new press is in the proofing stage right now and it is...

A Wet Dog, of course. A black and white image so the press and I can learn more about each other without the complication of layers and colors.

It won't be the first print this press and I create together - we collaborated on a small marsh scene, just to play a little. The little print you can see below taught me how much pressure I need to get a solid, clean impression, so we are off to a good start!


  1. This is so exciting! Do you break a bottle of champagne over the press? Or the dogs? Or better yet, just open and drink it :)

  2. It is very exciting!! No champagne yet, but I can't believe I didn't think of it!!


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