A little light relief!

After spending all last Monday doing a test strip for an aquatint, I thought I would end the day with a little abstract monoprinting!  Above are the results left on the table!  Not on paper sadly.  It seems that just when you have to clear up, interesting things start to happen.  At least I have the photos.

I have decided that I need to stop doing drypoints for now because I spend hours drawing on the plate and can only get a few prints.  I am trying to learn how achieve a similar effect by using etching and aquatint.  Needless to say I haven’t succeeded yet, but it’s early days.  Since I have basically messed up a plate, I thought I would just experiment with differing techniques.  On this plate is an aquatint of varying bites, a hard and soft ground etching and some scraping out of the aquatint.  I ran out of time today to make anything of it, but at least I am learning.

First print after adding the soft ground.  Note the scraping out in the middle.
More scraping.
I added another soft ground and drew into it more and etched it for 30 minutes
The many stages of tarlatan or scrim

This week I have been to the Tate twice!  Once, to investigate an artist Vija Celmins for my essay and the other to see a fabulous exhibition on Picasso and his influences on Modern British Art


4 thoughts on “A little light relief!

  1. Oh My! And these beauties were prints left on the table and you had to clean them off? Ouch!. I could live with each and every one of them.

    I admit to being really envious of your ability to pop over to the Tate and see such fabulous exhibits. Sigh, wish I was there. Thanks for the heads up I did Google the Tate.

  2. Yes, Julia, that's exactly what happened! Good things seem to happen when you are relaxed and clearing up.. I now have to try and reproduce and print on paper! It will be fun! I do love the fact that I can nip down to London and see good exhibitions and my kids. Very important. Hope all is well with you?

  3. Yes, darling that is the correct term… glad you like it… it's more of a test print. It is now almost completely covered in an aquatint! Learning something though. Happy Birthday sweetness!

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