Posts Tagged ‘Etching’

This is an etching I made more years ago than I care to remember! It was a fantasy flower influenced by studying biology combined with my fascination with fine line drawing. I do remember that making an etching plate in the shape of a flower took me endless hours of eating the plate away with acid and then filing it smooth so that it wouldn’t tear the paper when it was printed. After working the ink into the fine lines etched into the plate I applied a pink layer of ink to the flat plate before printing. I was very proud of the result at the time and I still am, all those years later.

5 March 2012

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Art, Design, Nature
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Here is the complete etching of my Fantasy Flower. It evolved quite a bit from the pencil drawing. I like that about a piece of work. To replicate line for line, shape for shape it just becomes a copy. This way you can introduce new ideas and leave out things you don’t like. This was one of the best etchings I achieved whilst at college. For closer detail please see my post on 2 March 2012.

After the success of posting my Fantasy Flower I thought I would tease you all with this little montage of views of my final etching. I used an i phone app called Diptic. It’s extremely easy to use and allows you to collate a selection of your photos quickly and easily. You can move the photo around in the selected box with your finger to get just the right placement. I really enjoyed the fineness of the line I was able to achieve with a stylus in the wax prior to etching the plate. I love repeated pattern and like to play with distorting it to represent shading. I think I was light years ahead of Zentangle. I am very fond of turquoise and have combined it with apricot on the plate prior to printing. As you can see the word SOIL when printed is reversed and becomes a pattern in and of itself. I like the difference in line thickness too which helps to make the piece balanced….. I won’t be too mean I’ll post a shot of the whole thing in a day or two!