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.
Essential project reading for that flavour of 1860's northern France. The novel is about poverty and hardship during the time of a major strike. The title translates into a time for germination in nature but also has a double meaning as a political uprising that caused the starvation of millions of Parisians at the time.
On Matt Abbott's recommendation watched a great film 'Pride'. Inspired purchase of a T-shirt for lesbian's and gay's role in the miners strikes of 84-85. Importance of minority groups in supporting each other against corporates in a capitalist society.
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.
Very interesting tour, guided by a former miner who very kindly gave us a little extra of his time at the end, to show us the actual old relics from the mine operation, beyond the artifacts manufactured for the museum.