This is one of the aluminium plates (above) I was working on last week at Swansea Print Workshop, where I prepared it by degreasing the plate, creating a drawing with a solution of instant coffee with reed pens and brushes, and then coating it with a soft etching ground and here it is ready to apply a spit bite.
With a brush, I painted a copper sulphate saline solution onto the exposed areas, wiping the brown effervescence away and reapplying the solution until I thought that it had bitten deeply into the aluminium. I washed off the last of the powdery deposits and then cleaned off the soft ground with Brasso.
Here’s the etched, cleaned plate, ready for a first proof to see if I need to do any more work on it. If I do, I’ll be able to paint straight on to the areas of the plate that I want to darken with more copper sulphate solution. I’m using the B.I.G. etching technique and materials from Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Print Studio.
I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials. Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.
If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.
And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.