Etchings

Hi again;

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.

Thanks for reading this.

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