A couple of weeks ago I went to David Wilsher’s exhibition on an old ferry at Blackwattle Bay. David, who teaches drawing at the Sydney Community College was successful in gaining a residency on this old ferry. What a treasure trove of images in that area. I took many photos on the day, but the sun was high in the sky, and a week later we went to take photos at 9 a.m.
The last two Saturdays, I did a solar plate etching course with Seraphina Martin. Fantastic! Last week we made four plates and this week we printed them in various ways. The first and second ones have been inked up a la poupee (different colour inks on different areas). They are also both photographic, with a bit of Photoshop, then after they were printed onto acetate I worked into them with a stylus.
The last one has been inked up in a dark brown and viscosity printed. The first colour roll (the blue) was masked with torn paper, then it was rolled with a blend. This one was drawn onto architects drafting film with Liquid Pencil, then some stronger darks were put in with a very thick propelling pencil.
I am really pleased with these three. Now I know the process I can’t wait to get some more solar plates and make some at home.