After much procrastination, I finally decided to take a printmaking class, and i'm so glad I did because I think I found my happy medium. Here are some assignments that I completed for the class last year, along with a little bit of information about each print. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email at me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below.
Assignment 1- Hard ground line etching with aquatint.
I used a photo of a leopard that my mom took in Africa. For this one I etched all the spots, I think if I were to do this again I would have used aquatint for the spots. Aquatint is a process used for getting all those nice gray values. This plate was over melted, meaning the dust was melted for to long onto the plate, leaving a grainier texture, thus I wasn't able to control the values as well. It's all a learning curve, overall it turned out okay.
Assignment 2- Soft ground Line drawing, and chine colle (pasted papers)
This was a fun assignment, I also used a photo reference for this one, mostly because I wanted to learn the technique and not spend so much time coming up with a concept. Also, I love drawing birds and nature. Soft ground has a bit of a lighter look to it. With a soft ground drawing, you transfer the image onto the tracing paper and then place the tracing paper on the plate, and start shading/drawing your image. By drawing with harder and softer lead, you can control the line weight, also the more pressure you draw with the harder the line.
Part 2- Chine colle
Chine colle is the process of printing a thin piece of paper over an image, to give it a different background color. chine-colle translates from french Chine=tissue Colle- Pasted or glued
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