Sunday, October 09, 2011
Come up and see my etchings
Well, they're not quite ready yet, but I'm heading there.
I was reading The Printmaking Bible and learning more about the process of etching, drypoint in particular which does not involve acid baths. Perhaps that will come at a later date. Since the concept of the idea the other day, I've been trying to find suitable materials to test with and in this town, that's never an easy task, so one learns to be inventive.
As copper or zinc plates weren't available, I decided I would try plexiglass and actually ended up with some acrylic blanks used for glass painting practice. Then not having an etching needle, I tried a scratchboard knife which seems to work well on the softer surface.
I decided I would use an old drawing of a circle of fish that I had completed last year and have pretty much completed etching the drawing onto the acrylic sheet. Tomorrow I'll test the printing. This may be a challenge as I don't have a printing press so I'll see what weights and a baren or rolling pin will do. Stay tuned!