my first etching!

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I've been really excited about the printmaking class I'm taking at the Ashland Art Center, and last week I had the chance to use the press to make prints from my first copper plate!  The plate itself is pictured here.  There is a whole series of steps needed to prepare the plate, and then an etching needle is used to draw the design, after which the plate is submerged in a bath of iron solution that essentially rusts out the areas that were scratched with the needle.  After that, the plate can be printed.  There is so much to learn, and it's all fascinating!

This is how one of the proofs came off the press.  There is a line in the center of the plate that I wish was not there, but the overall design held up well, I think.

This is how one of the proofs came off the press.  There is a line in the center of the plate that I wish was not there, but the overall design held up well, I think.

Here is another proof, which I touched up with some watercolor to darken the background, trying to make the line less noticeable.

Here is another proof, which I touched up with some watercolor to darken the background, trying to make the line less noticeable.