Stencil Intaglio Type (Spit Bite and Mezzo?!)

You must be thinking what is exactly spit bite and mezzo?! Right? I am currently taking intro to printmaking class (non-toxic) this quarter and it is very interesting things to learn variety of techniques that you can create on a plate to create one or more beautiful prints! One of my favorite techniques that I wanted to share with you is a spit bite and mezzo!

Of course, the word “spit bite” made me think that we would have to use our own spit on the plate. (I am sure you thought the same thing!) Actually we donā€™t do that, but there is a reason it is called a spit bite. Back when there was no running water, print-makers had to spit onto the plate they were painting with. The spit contained acid which produced some nice effects. I am not exactly sure what materials are mixed together to produce the spit bite technique, but it definitely has soda ash in it.

As “mezzo” part, we used screen filler to give nice sense of textures in someway. I am still not a fan of it because it is giving me a hard time for some reason! The last time I used mezzo, it wasn’t successful šŸ™ . Eventually, I was told that the dry screen filler is, will have crisp marks and the wet screen filler is, will have softer marks. Hopefully it will work this time!

Plate1As you can see on the image, I created the stencil shape of the teardrops (forgive me I am very bad at cutting!) then I added the spit bite where you can noticed the splattered part that kind destroy the its image then I added the screen filler which it has the color of bright brown/orange on it.

printAnd this is a final print!

I was told that it felt like raining on the flowers or fish swam around in the water or many others, please be free to welcome to share your thoughts on it! šŸ™‚

Hope you’ll learn something new about this technique. I am so looking forward to see what is new for next few weeks!

ā€“ Ally

A studious week 5!

This week has been busy. Trying to adjust from “traveling” mode to school mode and having two engineering mid-terms this week was difficult. It was worth it in the end after taking the tests to head to Global Village for some Bubble Tea, one of many features that are available at Global Village.

After a week like this, there is only one way to end it; head to Ritter Arena to watch the RIT’s men hockey team! It is even better when RIT wins in a SHUT-OUT fashion! 4-0! Now off to do homework and job searching for when I graduate in May.


Pulse Happy Hour

Pulse Happy Hour is a biweekly event, where all deaf clubs promote their events and sell cool stuff and yummy foods.

(My picture of PHH didn’t appear and I lost the picture too šŸ™ I will take other picture of PHH next time!)

Staying Fit in College!

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Whew! I just got back from my Core Glutes and Abs class, one of many “wellness” courses offered here at RIT every quarter. My body is totally burned out from the workout class and I’m covered in sweat, but I feel great afterward! I’m taking it every Friday from 1:30pm to 2:50pm. I do routines and drills that focus working out my glutes and abs (still, my whole body is sore from neck to feet!). Every week, I learn new ways to workout, and many are challenging to do. It’s a tough workout, but it’s rewarding in the end! Taking this workout class is also a great way to relieve stress and loosen up my muscles after a week of hardcore studying and completing assignments. By the way, it’s Friday! Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā  Yay! \(^o^)/

Week 5 – done!


Here’s what Rochester looked like when I got back from winter break. In times like this there was only one thing to do, which is why I went snowboarding the next day! (not without shoveling the driveway first…) Now that I’m done with my classes for the week, I can finish up a paper then just kick back for the weekend. I’ll also be watching some football too, go Seahawks!

Back to School Already?!


It’s hard to believe that I’m back to school after two fantastic weeks back at home. While I was at home, it hit me that I have less than 5 months before I graduate! I’m not sure if I’m even going to be back home since I’m looking for jobs out on the West coast, it’s beautiful out there! However, there’s no place like home but hey, I’m even more motivated and excited to fly through the months before it’s here. Anyhow, hope you all are doing great and I’ll leave you with a picture of my sister, her dog and I!
– Toby

~ Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space. - Evan Esar

~ Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space. – Evan Esar