Wednesday, 19 June 2013


The projects are coming thick and fast at the moment. The Artists' Group is about to start a new project (more of that in coming months) and I've just finished my plate for 20:20.

20:20 is a print exchange with a difference in that it works on a print workshop level. I'm taking part as a member of Red Hot Press of course; 20 of us are submitting our editions of 25 prints on paper 20 x 20 cm. It's run by Hot Bed Press in Salford - further details here.

Etching, aquatint and spit bite
15 x 15 cm
Edition: 25

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Photopolymer etching or solar plate

That's what I learnt how to make this weekend at Red Hot Press. It was a great two-day workshop in which we created intaglio and relief plates. The above is a two-plate print; the sepia is intaglio and the yellow, relief (that's supposed to be a honeycomb by the way, not tyre tracks through road marking paint. Having painstakingly laid out the intaglio element of the print, I was rather winging it with the relief. I quite like it though - not bad for a first attempt).

My plan is to use this technique in conjunction with regular etching and possibly some monoprint thrown in for good measure. The detail you can get using the solar plates is amazing and far exceeded my expectations - the bug wings for example. I'd like to introduce some diagrammatic elements into my images and this technique seems ideal for that (it is an industrial process after all). Hopefully it will speed things up as well - no more spending a couple of days solid transferring copperplate handwriting backwards onto a plate!