Etching: line and shape figure – final prints

As can be seen from the earlier stage of this project here I cut the etched plates at an angle, leaving me with a couple of triangular offcuts to play with.  A good place to explore colour mixing.

I then combined these with the original 2.

Really lovely colourway, extremely unfortunate significant 3mm slippage on the second plate bringing it seriously out of alignment.

The above print was reversed through the press and eased through with extreme care hoping to avoid movement and maintain better registration.  Very happy with the result.

Learning outcome:

  1. When printing multiple plates which have a pointed, narrow or shaped end, which need to align with previous print layers, the tendency for slippage when feeding this uneven part into the press as the leading edge is high.  Turn the entire design around and lead with the flat, straight end.
  2. Unevenly shaped plates, especially those with a long tapering end, have a tendency to bend/curve as the plate narrows.  This makes it extremely difficult to align to previous print layers as they don’t lie flat.

I’m tempted to cut and remount the first print on to another paper to remove the misregistration as I think it is the better of the two prints in depth and colour.

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About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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