During March my focus has been very much on print making. I started a new etching, something I have not done in over a year and it is based on one of the watercolours I did in the previous month. The title is ‘Woman with Hat’ and is etched onto a steel plate with aquatint. Etching is a long process that involves covering the metal plate with a ground that is resistant to the acid it is submerged into. The drawing is done with a pointed metal tool, rather like a pencil and the lines drawn reveal the metal plate underneath the ground allowing the acid to ‘bite’ into the lines. Once a certain depth to the lines has been obtained, the plate can be covered over in parts with varnish to protect it and the remaining exposed lines can be bitten again and again until there are varying depths of lines. The plate is then inked, wiped and dampened paper is placed on top of the plate before going through the press. For this etching, I ‘bit’ some of the lines very deep, I wanted to see how far I could go with it and I and I think it is probably as deep as you can go. Here is the second print I made in scarlet ink before putting on the aquatint:
After making my first 2 prints I decided I wanted to make the image darker with more texture, so I added an aquatint, tiny particles of resin heated onto the plate and placed back in the acid bath again with some of the areas protected with varnish.
My favourite drawings I made this month are ‘John’, drawn during the long pose session on Saturday evenings at Draw and some sketches in oil paint made during the short poses session. I really enjoyed the freedom of drawing with a brush and making swift marks with the paint. ‘John’ may well be used for an etching one day but for next month I will be returning to embroidery once again and getting ready for the Artist Open Houses that runs throughout May http://www.aoh.org.uk/home