Above: The first and the final proof from a water based acrylic hard ground etching on copper. Etched in a Ferric Chloride bath. Printed with Akua water based inks.
Above: Results of a Non toxic Soft Ground etch... ground made with 2 parts water based relief printing ink and 1part clear based floor polish & liquitex pouring medium mix. Interesting background created in the pressing through the press of textures into the soft ground. (It was not quite dry so it lifted a little) Inked up with several colours, it could produce an interesting print.
I spent two fantastic days with valued friend and accomplished Printmaker, Rosemary Eagle. www.rosemaryeagle.com
Above are the results of one of the areas covered, a hard ground copper etching with non toxic techniques.
Rosemary also introduce soft ground and sugar lift. ( I have yet to enhance this plate, in my own studio, with dry point and roulette techniques) So much to learn, explore and refine. The two days spent with an accomplished printmaker such as Rosemary Eagle has given me inspiration and a wonderful insight into the non toxic techniques of etching. I can't wait to explore the techniques in earnest in my own studio.
Rosemary's husband John Eagle is also a recognised artist in the ceramic area. His elegant forms feature beautiful glazes and he makes a mean Chocolate cake. ( not in his kiln of course!) http://johneagle.weebly.com
All in all they are a pretty inspiring couple and I thank them for their generosity.