printing again

i reached a cross road with my printmaking
to continue along not quite happy with my results
or to ask for help, and explore some different techniques…

so, ask for help it was

and now i feel like im headed in a much better direction.

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what you’re looking at here, is an etching, achieved by using a technique called ‘sugar lift’.
in our non-toxic tafe print room, we use copha, yep, the same copha as is used to make chocolate crackles! the copha is painted onto the copper plate and left to harden.
the plate is then prepared for etching as normal (coated in an acrylic resist) and is then left to dry again. once dried, the copha is wiped off the plate, leaving the ‘image’ to be exposed to the edinburgh etch solution as an open bite. this plate was left in the solution for an hour.

once etched, aquatint is sprayed onto the plate and then the plate is dunked into the etching solution again, for a shorter time.

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this image is a soft ground copper plate. the prepared (cleaned and degreased) plate is rolled up with a mixture of relief/block ink and acrylic medium. texture is added to the plate by placing items such as fabric scraps onto the plate, covering it with paper or, in this case, glad wrap, and then running it through the press. the texture of the items is transferred to the ground, lifting the ground off the plate and therefore leaving it open to be etched.

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I feel really excited about printmaking again now… which I guess is a good thing given that it IS my major subject and I don’t have much time left to pull together a folio!!!

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2 Responses to printing again

  1. india says:

    hmm. etching. it’s been calling to me over the years but i’ve always been bothered by the toxic nasties involved…however the thought of copha, among other things, offers a way forward .

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