Day 5 of my printmaking residency at Umbrella Studio has been focussed on completing the three plates for the first image in the book. I had a challenging day with the imagery for the third plate which is the Burnt Sienna colour plate. The ground was a little more brittle than the others as I had over smoked it slightly. The other plates were waxier and easier to scratch and carve into.
After scrathing all day I felt uncertain of the results I achieved. I went home considering the following,
- If the cross hatching I used for certain areas were too dominant on the plate. Thinking that the sugarlift process would work better in giving a softer aquatint tone and to reduce the size of the marks of the crossed hatched areas.
- I pondered on blocking out the crossed hatched areas and etching the line work which I am happy with and consider applying sugarlift as an alternative to the cross hatching for a second etch.
P.S Oh the places you'll go!