End of second week at the studio developing new techniques and finding our feet in a new art making space. Use of new equipment, sourcing materials and realising things are done differently everywhere! It's a great thing to have a wife who is also a dedicated and beautiful print assistant. Thanks Alex.
Two prints from last week of etching course. The one at the bottom just a plain etching on hard ground. The one above with the addition of Aquatint and sugarlift.
Aquatint on a hard ground.
Aquatint on a hard ground etching with heavy acid bite outline.
Interesting process this one have been taught at The Royal Drawing School. Using sugary substances it is possible to etch a metal plate. Simply draw onto a greased surface then treat to biting through acids in usual technique. Aquatint applied afterwards will give varying depths of shade/darkness. Prints can be made in the usual way.
Aquatint this week. Way of being able to build up tone in different areas. Use of varying grades of abrasive powder, then heated up with a Bunsen to fuse with the soft ground. Drawing on a copper plate in usual fashion of stages to create an ever darkening picture. Finished up by working drypoint etching … Continue reading Week 4 of etching course: Aquatint
Soft ground process of etching learning this week Royal Drawing School . Another nice form of drawing using any implement to hand and a system of layering, and building up image in stages. Aggressive fizzing of zinc that eats away at a barely scratched in line to leave a dense and dramatic effect.
First etching using an aluminium plate that is smoked using a flame. Metal cleaned with chalk before rolling ink to an even honey colour. Plate transferred still hot to a precariously wedged in angle at the bottom of an infinitely black chimney. Drawing process in stages from here.