Sunday, 11 October 2009

An invitation to see my etchings

I had a wonderful day at an etching workshop run by Karen Cameron at Great Linford Arts Workshop which is in Milton Keynes. So let me take you through my day.

I decided to use the sketch I had made of some echinacea which I have already posted in my blog
here. So here I am revealing the first print from my plate...

... and here it is
 (if you click on it you can see all the detail)

I haven't explained stage two, which means covering the plate with a soft wax and then adding some texture. I experimented with pressing some leaves and fibres into the soft ground and making sure the flowers were masked, gave it another acid bath.  Here is the plate inked up.

You can see the textured surface, which resulted in this print...

I had such a great time I decided to go again.

Here's my friend Sally who told me all about the course, working on her plate...

and here is Karen (on the left) and another view of the workshop. It is in a wonderful setting and Karen was a great tutor, inspiring and instilling confidence.


Karen Cameron said...

Hi Jill

Thanks for the lovely comments you made about the workshop! It was great to have you in the group - what a talented lot you were! I look forward to seeing you again in November!

I'm loving looking at your blog - it's making me feel like I want to start one. However, I bet it's not as easy to make it look as good as yours. Perhaps I'll just keep visiting yours!

Best wishes

Karen x

Grammy said...

That is wonderful! And the drawing is beautiful too. In high school I took offset lithography. But be used cameras and plate makers. I love the way you did it.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Hi Jill! What a diverse and truly lovely blog you have! Your journal pages and photographs are breathtaking! And etching . . . oh, it's been a million years since I tried etching. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and I didn't know what a treasure trove of classes I was being offered at the time and now that I am not "living" in that building working on assignments, anymore I miss the access to so many mediums, assigned or not. Your etching is lovely. You are able to do so many things so beautifully!

thanks for the visit, my back aching sister!

Menopausal musing said...

Jill, what a wonderful, fulfilling time you seem to have had! I have never quite got to grips with printing/etching so envy you. Obviously I look forward to seeing more of your work!

aimee said...

these journal pages are fabulous! this is one of my favorite ways to document little slices of life. such cool lettering and drawings!