The workshop was great fun and I learnt a lot. We spent the first half of the day etching out the cardboard surface. I decided to keep it simple - rain drops and a cloud.
We etched our design on the cardboard. I made a bit of a "boo boo" on my design when I was pulling away the top layer of cardboard for the cloud, I accidentally also pulled off one of my rain drops and had to adjust my design and ended up with a few dark raindrops! If I had more time I would have redone the whole thing.. Oh well!!
|:: etching on cardboard|
(apologies for this bad photo)
Then we inked the whole design and then rubbed off all the excess ink - ink is left in the etched areas. We did our first prints on butcher paper to test the design and then we could adjust the etch if needed.
|:: rain cloud prints on butcher paper|
Unfortunately, my clouds didn't work out how I envisaged.. I was hoping for more texture but they ended up quite dark! But I don't mind it now :)
|:: rain cloud detail|
It was so exciting seeing my print for the first time... but even more exciting when I printed it on beautiful archival paper! Here are my finished prints...
|:: rain cloud on archival paper - black|
|:: rain cloud on archival paper - paynes grey|
I am so happy with how they turned out, especially considering it was my first go at drypoint etching! My favourite one is the paynes grey coloured etch.... the colour really suits the design so much!
It was such a fun day today and I just love learning new things! I would love to do this workshop again and I'm hoping they will run another one in the future!
Hope you are having a great creative week!
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