In March I have been attending an etching night course at the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne as part of a follow up session from an earlier 3 day workshop that I attending in January this year. The course has really consolidated my understanding of copper etching and I also trialled aquatint for the first time. One really nice thing about participating in the two courses is that I can really appreciate etching in greater depth now because I can understand some of the processes.
I am hoping to lead some copper etching in senior art classes at work and hopefully I can play around a bit more myself.
Oh, and I also invested in some 'Oriental Blue' printing ink for the last week of class - I love it, well and truly! That's why all of these prints are in blue. It is a lovely shade of blue.
This etching is titled 'Melbourne' and the original drawing was created when I was on a school excursion recently at Skydeck in Melbourne.
This etching is the same image that I trialled in lino earlier this month for a lino print as part of Art Club, see here for the post. I was curious to compare the two different printmaking techniques and how they would work with each image. After trialling both techniques I have decided that I like both etching and lino printmaking but for different reasons.
This was the artwork in lino....
I later applied an aquatint on top of the original copper etching. I like this image, but it is really just a trial to see how aquatinting worked. I would like to play around with it some more I think....