Process and Print: The Arctic Tern Never Rests, New Print from Caveworks Press

Details from the new print


My latest print in the Ephemera series, “The Artic Tern Never Rests”  is a combination of plexiglass drypoint, monoprint background, collograph, and hand-set wood and metal type. And actually it is my first drypoint edition, after some tests. I had intended to print it with laser engraved imagery, but since the Makerspace we joined is closed to members currently, I opted for a traditional process of scratching into the surface with—don’t laugh, dental tools. I am not sure why we own a set. I use my Vandercook proof press to make my large prints like this one. Normally, a drypoint is made on an etching press, but I enjoy exploring a variety of printmaking processes and will try almost anything with my adjustable bed Vandy. Below are some process images and descriptions.

The drypoint of figures inked up.

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The finished print

Part of a series of prints that aim to react to and are broadly, “exploring the ephemeral nature and emotions of the current zeitgeist.” You may notice that I have again used the arctic tern from “Ground Truthing” a print from a year ago, executed as a drypoint. The tern is a  powerful symbol as messenger, as it circumnavigates the globe, spending most of its life in the air. The text is incorporated with hand-set wood and metal type.

As part of my activism during Covid-19, 10% of the sales proceeds from this
print will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. I’ll send funds every time
a print sells to help ensure meals for those that need them.


16 x 20 inches, image size 12 x 15 inches.  Free shipping. 
This small edition of 5 has variations in the monoprint background, so be sure to select the one you like best when ordering.

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