Here are images of the prints taken from the gold and silver etching inks I bought back in December. The other print that I pulled was trapped under quite a lot of other people's work in the drying boards so I still haven't managed to get a picture of that yet but will post it as soon as I have one.
Recently I have been experimenting with applying colour to the plate before printing. This technique is known as a la poupeé. The prints I pulled were by no means perfect, but its a starting point and something for me to build on.
|For this print I used black for the line and added violet to the flowing forms and little bits of silver around the cracked areas to create the impression of shadow.|
|I think this was my most successful attempt. I think the colours work much better with a more subtle approach taken here. The line is done in silver, with black on the rock formations and just a touch of violet red on the flowing forms.|
During my recent tutorial Nick (my tutor) suggested that I move away from working within the square/rectangle of the etching plate and try cutting the plate to a different shape. I bought a large piece of zinc from college, sketched out the shape I wanted and took it to the workshop. I had to use a band saw to cut the zinc and found it quite scary as I could just see myself cutting my fingers off or something! The machine is lethal!
|The Band Saw!|
|Zinc shapes with protective covering layer still attached.|
|The tools I used to bevel the edges of the plate|
After I cut out the shapes I had to bevel the edges as they were very sharp and would damage the blankets on the press if I were to use the plates as they were at this stage. I used the 2 files first then the small cylindrical piece to smooth the marks made by the files. This is the stage I am currently at. Now I need to degrease the plates, put ground on them and etch the image. I am looking forward to seeing what effect the different shape of the plate has on the finished image. Watch this space!