Today I’m going to share one of my etchings. I learned this technique in printmaking, one of my chosen subjects in my course.
For this project I picked an image from my sketchbook: a table setting.
This is the original drawing, I adapted it to the shape of the etching plate.
I traced some of the drawing onto a metal plate covered with ground (a thin coat of a substance that protects the metal from acid).
I then drew on the plate and submerged the plate in an acid solution.
This was my first proof, inked lightly.
For the next print I covered the plate with ground again and I added some more lines, to increase the density on the darker areas.
After inking and wiping the plate -leaving more ink on it this time- I also used cotton bud to lighten some areas of the plate: the glass, bottle and pen.
I made a few other variations on different prints. I think I’ll just leave it at two for this blog post, showing an early and a finished print.
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