Wednesday, February 20, 2008

So after drypoint I tried a true etching process. Here is the plate being covered with ground, which is essentially a coating that you scratch through to expose metal. The exposed bits get etched in an acid bath, the parts covered with ground don't. The un-etched parts of the plate remain flat- so the ink rubs right off them, the etched, or indented, parts of the plate accept ink for printing. Next is the plate (hand on fire) with the initial scratches on it, before the first acid bath.

This is my first Dry-Point. It's tricky because, unlike an etching, there is no ground and no acid, so you have to use a sharp needle tool to grind in your values.

The final print (and detail view) from the lithstone just below. Series of 10, 1/2 on buff, 1/2 white.

Friday, February 08, 2008