Arca Swiss

I borrowed a very nice analogue Arca 4 x 5″ technical camera! NICE!

Arca Swiss


Brody Neuenschwander: new edition printed.

For the last two weeks we printed a set of seven images for artist Brody Neuenschwander. It’s printed on Canson Edition Etching Rag on an edition of 48 each.

Press on the image for the entire suite.

Joe Scanlan: Truffle finds Pig.

In co-production with More Publishers: a limited edition by Joe Scanlan in Muzee, Ostend. Follow this link for more about it.

We printed this edition on our Epson 7890 Printer on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin. This 100% Cotton Archival Paper has a beautiful Satin finish, buth with almost no texture. 310 gsm, heavyweight.

Looking at the proofs of the Van Isacker Project.

So, when you make 41 plates, you also need to make 41 proofs… Or 30 meters of etchings. I’d included a video for your pleasure.

Epson Stylus Pro 7890 in the studio.

I just ordered a brand new Epson Stylus Pro 7890 printer for the studio. Propably I’ll take the StudioPrint RIP from ErgoSoft as driving unit.

At the same time I ordered a lots of nice artist papers like Canson Inifinity BFK Rives Blanc.

What is the delivery time of this printer? Anybody?

sunday # 015: Pierre Bismuth by More Publishers

More Publishers published another Sunday Edition. This time from the well known artist Pierre Bismuth.

offset print on multi-offset, 120gr
A1 (59,4 x 84,1 cm) folded to A4 (29,7 x 21 cm)
Printed in Ghent, 2012
Signed and numbered edition of 100 (+7 A.P)

Everybody is an artist but only the artist knows it. (© pierre bismuth 1999)

Technological development is for the time being mankind’s only future (© pierre bismuth 2011)

Sprayed on Carbonnel varnish

Today we sprayed our Charbonnel Ultraflex Etching ground on the plates. Worked great, but dust is always the problem when you don’t have a cabin. No problem, we can retouch this with a small brush. The layer of varnish is very thin and completely free of brush issues like we did had in the past.

Viscosity test Charbonnel Ultraflex hardground

In the VIP TOOLS testing lab we did a viscosity test for the Ultraflex Hardground. This Charbonnel ground is a very liquid product and I wanted to know if it was possible to spray it with an airbrush.

A simple viscosity test gave us the result: almost as liquid as water! This means I’ll spray the varnish on with an airbrush pistol. The choice for an airbrush pistol was easy; SATA MiniJet 3000. Wonderful machine for small jobs.

And with an open time for the Charbonnel varnish for aprox 15 minutes i’ve got a bunch of time for spraying it on.

Photographing again.

Yes, it took some time, my Leica M8 dropped me down in november. The main system board needed to be replaced. 1000 €!! And 12 weeks later!! Thank you Leica for your prices and fast after sales service.

Ultraflex ground

Today I tested the ultraflex hardground varnish for the Van Isacker project. The problem with the rollup hard ground varnish was that the plates needed to be heated. But the 10 mm plates became so warm that the varnish appeared to have tiny dots or speckles on the surface. Apparently because of the cooling down time is so long.

The Ultraflex ground doesn’t need to be heated. So that problem is also away. And it seems to be a very fine and clean surface. Now finding out what’s the best applying method: a brush, an airbrush or a roll. I personally think that the airbrush will work the best. That’s a test for tomorrow.


sunday # 14 JOCHEN LEMPERT by MorePublishers

New edition by MorePublishers!


New paper in stock: Moenkopi Kozo & Unryu

From today we’ve a new paper in our stock: Moenkopi Kozo & Unryu.

Those two beautiful papers by Moab are respectively 110 and 55 gsm. And we start testing these papers to make a good color profile on our printers. Now we’ve A3+ sizes, but roll paper 24″, 44″ is possible!

Moenkopi [moe-in-koe-pee] papers represent a unique partnership with the Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan. Moenkopi is a Native-American name which was used to identify a mudstone layer of rock common in the Moab area. The world-famous Fisher Towers seen in many a John Wayne film, were formed in this strata. These unique towers seem to flow from the earth. It is fitting then that Moenkopi would be used to define our family of environmentally-friendly Japanese papers made primarily from Kozo (mulberry) fibers.

Availabe in three surfaces, Kozo, Unryu, and Bizan are all made from natural mulberry and hemp fibers using traditional Japanese Washi techniques and then coated to accept inkjet inks. No other paper has received as many awards and acclaim. This is a specialty product and designed for discerning artists with advanced technical printing skills.