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.
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.