Spring is just around the corner and that means so is Arts Walk. I have a bunch of clocks ready to show but I want to have a handful of prints also. I have one block that I’ve almost completed. I posted it previously but have since decided to print one more color.
Right now I am working on a dry point plate. What I’m doing is etching on a piece of plexi glass. I’m using a sharp metal tool to copy the image. It is a process that builds muscle in the hands. I will then rub ink on the plexi and into the scratched lines. The more burrs my etching created, the more ink it will hold. So I rub the ink into my lines with tarlatan, a cheese cloth like fabric but much more durable, and then I rub the ink off the plate. I can rub selectively, choosing where I want ink to stay and where I want to clean it off to make my lines really pop.
|Plexi Glass secured to notebook|
|Sketch I'm working from|
|Using a sharp metal tool to scratch my image into the surface.|
The more burrs my scratching creates the more ink it will hold.
|Here you can see the beginning of my etching.|
Below are a few examples. These are pretty old, I hope to have vast improvement this time around.
|This was a quickie I did when I was sitting around watching my brother play one day.|
|This is a 24x16"? dry point I did back in 2002?|