|coyote, speedball water soluble ink on strathmore printmaking paper|
I tried my hand at etching into a metal plate this week. I wanted to do a print to commemorate the coyote I saw a couple of months ago. I don't have the drypoint etching tools, so I used my linocutting flat blade. I also don't have the oil-based inks, so I used my linocut block printing inks which are water soluable.
The linocut inks were cranky and didn't always print completely even with wet paper, so I added backgrounds by printing with De Atramentis inks.
|coyote, speedball water soluble ink & De Atramentis document ink on rice paper|
I did many prints. Some of the prints had a too faint image, so I used De Atramentis inks and a dip pen to outline and cross-hatch on the these latter prints.
Some prints were done on rice paper and others were done on strathmore 120g/m printing paper. Both types are pretty thin. The rice paper keeps its shape better and picks of the water soluable inks more easily. I know I'll be trying this process again.
The metal plate was sent to me by a mail art friend, and now I'm hooked. I'll be experimenting with substrates from materials I have on hand. I've got plexiglass as an option. Any other suggestions?
Another project I have started is crocheting. I received some beautiful fuchsia yarn from another friend. So stay tuned for updates on my crocheting adventures.
It's been a pretty fun week filled with art and bicycle riding! Wishing everyone a good weekend.
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