Abstract Banksia solar plates

Late last year a friend gave me 2 etched solar plates depicting collages of Banksias taken from her own photos. I printed these for her (see post here) and she used them as book covers for a gift.

Since then she has given me several packages of used solar plates she’s no longer using. The first packet I opened was entitled ‘Banksia’, and seeing as I’m enthralled with this plant it was a good place to start. The photos used are close-ups of parts of the plant and so are semi-abstract.

I don’t know how old these plates are or how many times they’ve been printed but I’ve been eager to see how they turn out. I recently purchased some Charbonnel etching inks, which I haven’t used in the past but have read good things about, so this was an opportunity to try them out at the same time.

Here are my first trials. All prints are on 250gsm Hahnemuhle paper.

Raw Sepia and Prussian Blue
Raw Sepia and Cerulean Blue
Carbon Black and Prussian Blue
Top image: Raw Sepia Bottom image: Raw Sepia and Geranium Red

Great start and very interesting outcomes. The Charbonnel inks are everything I’d hoped for. I’ll continue with more of the plates, along with other colour schemes.

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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11 Responses to Abstract Banksia solar plates

  1. dibrandt030 says:

    I am thrilled you have had time to try them Claire. They are about 8 years old. Don’t worry if they break, just use and enjoy…

  2. dibrandt030 says:

    PS. Love the colour combos.

  3. nolaarcher says:

    Wow these are great prints, aren’t they? Love the colour combinations.

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