Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Two Line Etchings

Today we handed in our first assignment, which for me were these two delicate line etchings. (At some point, I'll take some pictures for you of the process, but right now I'm still too focused when I'm printing and always forget that I have the camera with me.) For this assignment, these plates were finished and I pulled editions of three prints from each of them. What you see here are my artist's proofs - not quite as good as the ones I handed in. 
Gingko Leaf
Then, also today, we learned how to do aquatint, which is great for getting uniformly darkened areas. So, I am going to work into both of these copper plates again and maybe again to slowly add more depth and value.
We also got to observe a visiting printmaker pulling an edition of woodcut prints (it was a busy class), but I'll tell you more about her after I attend her lecture tomorrow evening. Tonight though, we get to meet and have dinner with Glenn Brill (click here for his website) another great artist and printmaker. I have so much to share with you that it'll just have to wait for subsequent posts...

In the meantime and on a more mundane note, I am so looking forward to this tropical rain system leaving us and cooler and dryer weather arriving tomorrow. Daniel is preparing the back porch for us! Saturday morning it's supposed to be in the 50s. The 50s, people!! It seems like a dream at the moment (still 83 outside) and I can hardly wait. Fall is coming and not a moment too soon!!!

Wishing you a wonderful few last days of September...


  1. These prints are lovely, Silke! They're so delicate looking. You should be very proud of yourself! What a great beginning to a new way of making art.

  2. These are both so delicate and pretty, Silke. :) I'm looking forward to cooler weather, too - we're supposed to have a high of only 60 on Sunday.

  3. These are so lovely silke! sounds like a packed class!! Looking forward to hearing more about it. And I know what you mean about the weather. . . we have had awful humidity and heat up here in NY for the past 2 weeks and I already feel like I lost some of fall in the northeast as this is not usual for us. I cannot wait for it too cool off!

  4. Love the ginko leaf. Sounds like you are really learning a lot. My grandfather actually wrote a book on metal plate lithography and print making. I can't tell you the name of it, because my son has the book. I haven't ever tried to find another like it.

  5. You are lucky to have cool weather coming. I'm in Arizona, it is HOT HOT HOT.

  6. a totally additional medium for you. you are learning so much, silke; it is so fun to follow along with you


  7. Die Libelle finde ich super gelungen.
    Wünsche dir ein sonniges Wochenende.
    LG Sabine