Karen Baden Thapa
Printmaking is a craft as much as it is an art form. I make fine art prints at the Civic Art Studio in Walnut Creek where they have a beautiful, large, etching press. I have a background in painting so I love the more painterly process of making monoprints. This form of printmaking begins with an etched copper plate and ink. The inked plate is then run through the press which applies high pressure. Then, the press does its magic and all of my textures and lines are compressed into one flat image. After the paper dries, I often go in with watercolors to highlight certain areas.