So...once upon a time, after doing the Green Printmaking Certificate in intaglio at Zea Mays Printmaking in 2015, I started etching aluminum plates with copper sulfate at home. I was working on a Tarot deck...but about 2/3 of the way through, I got frustrated with some aspects of the medium, and my attention moved to other things. However, I didn't forget about etching and always meant to get back to it. So! When I read that there was a presentation of new research by Zea Mays interns, Tessa Chambers and Nick Osetek, relating to some of my previous frustrations with the material, I decided to make a field trip to hear the presentation. It was very interesting and the results will soon be available (among other interesting projects), online at: http://www.zeamaysprintmaking.com/research/technical-research/
One of the things I was interested in but had some frustrations with was etching large flat areas. I had a good feel for the line work, but large areas of tone were a problem. The research has some tips for preparing the plate, recommendations for how to brushing the copper off the plate, and a formula for recharging the bath. I decided to try it right away along with some other other experiments that had been percolating in my mind.
I thought I "chose" to etch a deer (but in writing the blog and looking back at the last plates I etched 3 years ago, actually one of the only non-tarot plates I ever etched, and the one where I got most frustrated with laying down tones was also - wait for it - a deer. Haha, so maybe it's not as random as I initially thought.
I etched the lines with Copper Sulfate into an Aluminum plate prepared with BIG hardground. I added lines sequentially in 4 rounds of etching to get variable line widths. So far, this is familiar territory
That was my main art-activity this week.
In creature news...
|Max's first time venturing into the studio!|
|The Mo - Honey dynamic remains the same .|
|Honey is such a sweet dog, and she took her human on nice walks.|
|We went to her favorite swimming spot, and we had nice dog and human time.|
|Also, Honey and I came across this glowing, non-color manipulated view of a hydrant|
|and bonus! I caught this raptor in flight!|