The time has come! We are about to embark on a copper plate etching. Not a big deal when you have a university or college studio to work in where its all laid out for you and you don't have to do the maths so to speak. But at home, its all new and we do not have a aquatint spray gun nor do we have a technician to prepare the etching bench up for us. So, I am about to lay out the process for you and for me. We start with the Visual Diary sketch.
The Copper Plate has been filed and bevilled down around the sides. Painted with bitchmen and the drawing pressed into the plate. Then with etching knife the design is etched into the plate. Now for the next step. Dropping the plate into the Ferric Acid, which by the way I have in a bottle in the studio. I have yet to make it or prepare with putting an old plate in the acid for 24 hours. I have no idea what will happen next. But rest assured, you will have a picture of the plate after I have etched it in acid. I will write down how long and you will get to see the results of STEP 3 soon. STay tuned!
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