A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in a non-toxic, environmentally friendly etching class run by printmaking sisters Annie Day and Robyn Erza.
Set in the beautiful grounds of the Bowral District Art Society a group of us learnt how to create etchings over a weekend using aluminium plate and products available from the local hardware store (water based bitumen used for sealing roofs as the resist, and a copper sulphate solution to etch the aluminium plates)
|Bowral District Art Society workshop behind the gallery|
|Transfering image from sketchbook to aluminium plate|
Along with the large presses available in the workshop, Annie and Robyn brought along their own mini-presses (in the foreground below). A fabulous idea and I now aspire to have a mini-press in my studio too!
Creating images on the plate was simple, using an etching needle to draw the lines, and a brush to apply the bitumen. Annie and Robyn supplied VCA (Vegetable Cleaning Agent) which is a safer alternative to turps.
|Aluminium plate with bitumen resist (dark areas)|
|The plate in copper sulphate solution etching bath|
Continuing to explore imagery from my cottage I created the following images:
|The Lounge Room 8 x 10 cm|
|The Kitchen 10 x 13 cm|
I look forward to creating some more images which will be exhibited later this year at M16 in Canberra in a joint exhibition with photographer Jocelyn Rosen (exhibition will run from 13 - 31 September 2012).
A big thank you to Annie and Robyn for such a wonderfully creative weekend x