The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Outa Frogman's... Carrie Lingscheit

Frogman's is a well know and respected "printmaking happening". Each summer printmakers gather to learn/teach and by many accounts, engage in the craziness that makes printmakers into fools!

This week meet:

Carrie Lingscheit





“Carrie Lingscheit’s original intaglio prints exploit the subtleties of etching and mezzotint technique to explore themes of human behavior, interaction and the malleable nature of remembrance, presenting equivocal narratives that are often characterized by omission, distortion, and hyperbole…”


intaglio (etching, mezzotint and drypoint)



Here's a link to Frogmans:




Sunday, April 07, 2019

Horst Janssen

If your going to be a printmaker you have to know Horst Janssen:

Munch-Triptychon I 1980
h: 43 x w: 32 cm / h: 16.9 x w: 12.6 in

Leibling 1973
h: 14.9 x w: 5.5 in / h: 37.8 x w: 14 cm




Sunday, March 31, 2019

Elizabeth Quandt Barr

This week meet ... Elizabeth Quandt Barr 

Elizabeth Quandt Barr Seating Arrangement 1971 Etching

Elizabeth Quandt Barr1976 Etching Alone on the Beach Homage to Boudin

Elizabeth Quandt Barr
Birth Date: 
Birth Place: 
Death Date: 
Death Place: 
Santa Rosa
Born and educated in England; daughter of Sir James Gunn, R.A., who was court painter to the royal family; American by naturalization; died of cancer in Santa Rosa, California on Dec. 1, 1994;

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rieko Fujinami

Hi Fools!
Back from going wild on your stinking spring breaks and ready to make prints!

 Rieko Fujinami


A few tears  in class before break, between sobs I think I heard a big old printmaker say hasn’t learned enough about wood cuttin'...

So instead of actually teaching I will send you all to the "Print Cast" Podcast!

The most recent episode is about Sandow Birk, who of course can be found on PrintFever. Sandow said “he does ink drawings the size of placemats, takes them to kinkos, reverses and enlarges them, wheat pastes them onto woodblock, carves directly over the paper, and when he’s done carving they take the block onto the driveway and HOSE IT DOWN to get rid of the paper and lets it dry in the sun”

Now here in the shop we won’t use much water on MDF, a damp sponge will take off the wheat paste. Instead of wheat paste we will use methyl cell. - Chin Cole goop). Try this you big PrintFools!



Friday, March 01, 2019

Andrew Levitsky

Fools! Found another printmaker who obviously sweats while making prints. Check out the use of muscle and be inspired...

Locomotive I by Andrew Levitsky, No. 0050 Intaglio, 2008, 21 x 65 cm / 8" x 26"

"Andrew Levitsky was born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine. From 1986 – 1996 he studied in the Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts, becoming a Master in Graphic Arts. Since his student days he has actively participated in prestigious international competitions in different fields of graphic arts. His countrywide and international success is evidenced as well by the fact that he is the winner of 14 international awards.
Levitsky uses intaglio technique which includes different ways of work with metal – etching drypoint, engraving, mezzotint and aquatint. The methods he uses allow him to create complicated, expressive artworks, often filled with subtle symbolic meaning. His multiple talents and remarkable skills rely on the best traditions of graphic arts and therefore his artistic preoccupations are connected with a wide range of topics: nature, adventure, tribute to the great leaps in technology, science and art."

My Island by Andrew Levitsky, No. 0201 Intaglio, 2013, 34 x 41 cm / 13" x 16"

München, Tokyo & London by Andrew Levitsky, No. 0243 Intaglio, 2012, 42 x 39 cm / 17" x 15"

 Popcorn and movie time!



Sunday, February 24, 2019

Michiko HAMADA

Big Week Ahead Fools!

On the heels of the huge critique days it's time for the Big's to start exploiting those prints. Time to beat that cooper and wood up. So, on that note.... how teh hell were these done?

Michiko HAMADA

`17,image size :77x80cm,ed.10,woodblock print 

¡Æ16,image size: 91x88cm,ed.10,woodblock

17,image size: 12.5x17cm,ed.20,woodblock print

16,image size: 13x18cm,ed.20,woodblock 



Saturday, February 09, 2019

Shin Taga

 Shin Taga

Meet a new spiritual guide as you envision, and then create prints based on what rough creatures might eventually emerge from the bombed out wasteland outside of the CFA after some ones stubby little fingers pressed the button releasing the nukes. 

 Hit the links below for more....

And!!! the long awaited week of love looms:
Precious valentines will be presented, epic poems will be read, massive amounts of treats will be consumed, tears (of joy or pain?) will certainly flow and of course much more will be learned.

Venus Whipping Cupid with Roses, early 17th century
Giovanni Luigi Valesio (Italian, 1583?–1633)
7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.2 x 13.4 cm
Poor Venus's tries to discipline her bad baby Cupid, with no help from a satyr (the embodiment of lust). In Italian the inscription reads: love is not so easily chastised. 
Beware PrintFools, the week will demand the learning of new skills and some sort of balance of head and heart. Here is an early valentine for you all... a little video made by Thomas Edison, watch carefully, because you will all perform the following traditional printmaking valentines day dance...


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010).

PrintFools! Meet your newest Spiritual Guide…. Louise Bourgeois.

 Plate 8 of 9 from the illustrated book Ode à Ma Mère. 1995.

Louise Bourgeois will lead us deeper into our semester of BESTIARIES

plural noun: bestiaries
1. a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals, especially a medieval work with a moralizing tone.

“…Grandeur aside, Louise Bourgeois’s spiders showcase a superlative understanding of female complexity. Strength, fear, anxiety, and pride converge in a mighty symbol of the artist’s lengthy practice; but the large-scale sculptures and installations she’s renowned for began as small, powerful prints…

Spider, from the illustrated book, He Disappeared into Complete Silence, second edition. 2001–02. Seven of 17 evolving versions and states, plates: approx.

Untitled, plate 5 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère 1995"Ode to My Mother"          

Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 1 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis
 GO here right now! The MOMA has given us an amazing site to see prints and books:

 Babies! What the hell is a drypoint? Stay tuned....

 DLPT's color time!

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

Malaquias Montoya -
Mujer zapatista/Zapatista Woman

 And for the Mediocre and Biggies:

Artist: Mauricio Lasansky
Argentinian - American, 1914 - 2012
Title: Lady in Blue
Name: Print
Date: 1967
Medium: Color intaglio: etching engraving and drypoint, soft ground, aquatint, electric stripper. Three plates: one master copper plate which is the length of the print, and two color plates
Dimensions: 75 9/16 x 25 5/8 in. (191.9 x 65.1 cm)


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time to return PrintFools. You bad Monkeys!


You are officially welcomed back by a Bad Monkey!

 Pablo Picasso
Le Singe

sugar-lift aquatint and drypoint

22.5 Width (cm)

28 Height (cm)


I know, it's actually a baboon, but considering the series of prints called the Buffon's L'Histoire Naturelle is based on the volumes, Histoire Naturelle by George-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. Accuracy is not the most important element in play here. Among other horrible qualities, Buffon had a reputation for never personally examining any wild animal he described. 

See more on Buffon: 

See more from Pablo Picasso's portfolio/ series of 31 etched plates:

 Oh, and know this song...

"...I was lyin' in a burnt out basement
With the full moon in my eye
I was hopin' for a replacement
When the sun burst through the sky
There was a band playin' in my head
And I felt like getting high
Thinkin' about what a friend had said, I was hopin' it was a lie
Thinkin' about what a friend had said, I was hopin' it was a lie..."

 See you all Tuesday.


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