Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Making the etching print Borderlands...

Making and printing the Borderlands etching

Etching plate ready to etch.  The copper sulphate/saline solution will 'bite' the uncovered areas creating grooves and pits which will later hold ink.  The red 'ground' protects the rest of the metal.

The etching plate in the mordant (biting solution). You can see that the exposed areas of the plate turn black.

The finished plate
The metal plate then has ink rubbed into the grooves, it is placed on the etching plate,  damp paper is placed on top and then protected by newsprint and blankets, the star wheel is turned so the plate goes between the rollers and the print is created.
The finished print.

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