I wasn’t sure I really wanted to get into etching but went along to make up the numbers. And I’m glad I did. I still don’t feel drawn to etching with copper plates, with the chemistry that involves, but the induction starts with using plastic plates which feels more immediate and less stressful.
I used my plate to make a range of marks with different tools, including sandpaper and an ordinary screw. I learned that it’s the inking up that really makes the difference. My first attempt was OK but the second attempt, when I worked on pushing the ink into the grooves in the first stage before taking ink off in the second stage was much better.
I forgot my camera so many thanks to fellow student Nic Clarke for the photographs.
The most interesting part was when we layered up our plates. We realised that the third plate bore traces of the previous two which transferred from the print so we could also take an offset print, which was more subtle. We played with adding embossed shapes too, though this was very hard to see on the darker print.