Monday, January 9, 2012

First Etch of the Year

This is what I've been busy with the last few days - the first and important layer in my first etching assignment.

I had such a good time with this. I painted her onto the copper plate with white ground and then etched it for five minutes, and - even though she needs a little more work - I already love the result! Plus, it felt so soothing to work with the copper metal again and that big printing press!

Last year, etching made me so very nervous, this year somehow I feel totally grounded when in the print studio. And when I saw that "grounded" is the theme for this week's Illustration Friday, I thought I'd enter her! It's a good word for me!

Next, I'll etch at least one plate, but maybe even two more with background textures and then hopefully print a multi-layered print in color with this portrait as the base!! Which of course I'll share with you...

I had hoped to do some blog hopping this weekend, but I was busy every minute. Plus, the weather was so gorgeous that I spent as much time outside as possible when I wasn't printing.

Thank you for all your comments and for stopping by! I so appreciate it!! Every visit and every word!


  1. Thanks so much for coming to visit my blog! It's a powerful image & also an interesting process that you had a good time with. The variety of creative work that you do amazes me!

  2. This is awesome already, Silke! I am looking forward to seeing what else you do with it.

  3. I did etching a long time ago and didn't get on very well. You're doing really well! I didn't ever get to the stage where I used multi layers. This looks like a fun technique, maybe I'll give it a go again one day. :o)
    Jess xx

  4. Ich liebe Radierungen.
    Das hast du toll hingekriegt.
    Liebe Grüße

  5. Wow, this is amazing! Very powerful & complex & mysterious. You did good!

  6. You are off to a wonderful to beginning-of your etching and the new year!

  7. ~and what an "etch" this is...truly beautiful and quite a fascinating process...i can't wait to see more of these from well and much lvoe light and blessings~