P. M. Ritchie Writings

A Stonecut


"The image is drawn on the surface of a soapstone. It is then incised with engraving tools. A combination of oil paint and oil printing ink is applied to the image with a brush. The print is taken by laying the paper on the stone, pressing down and rubbing it with the tips of the fingers. As each print is different, it is called a monoprint and because the process takes time, the editions are small. When an edition is complete, the surface of the stone is sanded smooth and flat, in preparation for the next print."

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