Etching: new proofs

first proof after aquatint process. 5.5" x 3.5" In the studio yesterday, I worked simultaneously on two plates, which may not have been the best idea. Above is the proof of my first aquatint. Overall fairly successful, although (because I was dividing my time and thoughts) I failed to pay proper attention to etching times… Continue reading Etching: new proofs

Etching studio: acid bath test

click to see larger image I spent about half the day in the studio yesterday on this; not very exciting, but a handy tool for deciding how long to etch my plates in future. (It measures approx. 10" x 1"... details after the jump) Once the plate was coated with hard ground wax, I made… Continue reading Etching studio: acid bath test

Etching, plate No.2 sneak peek

Portion of second plate with hard ground; scribing in progress; this image represents a small area (3.5" x 2") of the full size (7.25" x 9.25") Yesterday I went into the studio and cut a second plate and prepped with hard ground. I transferred a drawing onto it (using white colored pencil on the back… Continue reading Etching, plate No.2 sneak peek

Etching class: first proof

Edinburgh rooftops; copper plate line etching, first proof. 5.5" x 3.5" Last evening was my second class in Etching & Intaglio. Last week we prepped our plates by filing the edges, de-greasing, and coating them with a hard ground which is basically wax.  Our homework was to scribe drawings into the ground. The way it… Continue reading Etching class: first proof

Etching homework

5.5" x 3.5" copper plate with wax hard ground applied; first go at line etching. Above is my homework assignment for the first week of my Etching 7 Intaglio class. It was a learning experience, for sure. Although the instructor warned against using anything too sharp, I used the same scribes I've been using for… Continue reading Etching homework