When I downloaded
the entry form for the West Lancs Open from the Chapel Gallery I noticed a call for entries for their Christmas exhibition from
artists who work with stories – fable, myth and personal narratives.
I sent off
my CV and some photos and I’ve been accepted!
images I sent were the Taylor Brothers. I got the prints out of the drawer this
week to check they were OK and I realised I’d printed them all on off white or
cream paper, which I wasn’t too keen on in retrospect. So I reprinted them on smooth white this week.
I went to Hot Bed Press to print on Friday fully intending to redo the
perspective book as a soft ground etching but when I looked more closely at the
first plate and the test prints I decided that most of the problems were down
to wiping not biting so I’m going to think about book covers and paper weight then
try printing it again later.
So having nothing else prepared I decided to have another go
at gum arabic transfer for resist.
I still over cooked it in the solution but the resist took
much better than last time.
The raggedness of the text I think was due to me jiggling
the bath while the plate was biting. Not an intentional effect but one I will
bear in mind for the future.
I also tried adding gum arabic transfer on top of the
And reprinting the etching plate on top of that.
and a trip to Ormskirk where the opening of the West Lancs Open Exhibition was
taking place in the Chapel Gallery. I’m please to say that both Rapunzelle and
Concession Pereptuelle were accepted
finished the etching that I wanted to use for the perspective book but I think I managed to get grease on some areas of the plate while I was working on the tones so it hasn't bitten evenly in a couple of places. Having proofed it and worked into the more obvious blots and problems I'm still not sure about it.
I have another plate so I think I'll redo the image but this time I'll try a soft ground for the line etch just to see how the two compare. If I'm still not happy I can always revert to pen, watercolour and digital.