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New Etchings

8 Mar

As part of my ‘tools of the trade’ project I have been working on an etching of a ‘rocker’ and so I thought i’d just post an image of the plate so far…  I’m intending to rock lines across the top of the plate to demonstrate how this tool is used but have also prepared a collagraph plate for the handle so that it will be embossed!

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I’ll be printing this on Wednesday as well as proofing this plate (below) This etching is to go with one of my early etchings, ‘Granddad’ and is based on an image of my Grandma and her sister in Cork in the 1930s. So far I have done a hard ground line, and used soft ground to apply a texture to the coats and background of the plate but I think I may need to work into it more to get a wider range of tones.. I have also produced a small collagraph to emboss one of the figures!

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Intaglio Update and Course Information (January 2015!)

29 Oct

The Printmaking courses at Wensum Lodge are well under way and gladly they are all running!

I mainly want to update about the new course, ‘Intaglio for Beginners’ which is now half way through.  So far we’ve covered drypoint on rhenalon and aluminium and looked at different ways of inking up using soya and oil based inks.  With a full group of ten its a bit of a squeeze in the print room but I have to say that some of the prints the group have produced so far are really great!

After half term I will be introducing the group to etching. They’ll be using copper sulphate to produce etchings on zinc, starting with a hard ground for the initial drawing and then moving on to try soft ground to add texture or tone! I decided to use copper sulphate for the beginners as it is much less toxic than using acid and has a relatively quick biting time. This Monday I produced an example and was surprised to find that it only took about 15 minutes to get a decent etch!

For my own work I usually use ferric chloride with copper plates as they give a much finer result, however I do really like the coarse line that can be created with zinc.  Below are some images of my plate from this week, i’ll update again soon once it has been printed!

 

If your interested in this 12 week course you will be able to enrol for next term pretty soon.  Keep an eye on this link:  http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Adult_education/index.htm  Just type ‘printmaking’ into the key word box and the current courses and information will come up!  There’s also the ‘Printmaking for Beginners’ course starting up again in January too!

Thanks for reading,

L