Ashby Art

Art by Marie South

Etchings and Dry Point

Etching and drypoint are a form of Intaglio, where an image is cut into a surface. Marie completed an etching course in 2017 with Leicester Print Workshop, which was based on traditional methods.However, to work at home, she uses less toxic materials.  This involves coating aluminium or zinc plates with Andrew Baldwin’s Ink Ground (BIG) . This ground is rolled on and briefly cooked in an oven!  Once inscribed, the plate is dipped into a copper sulphate mordant to etch. (following the methods described in Baldwin’s useful Youtube videos). Both etched metal plates and drypoint plates ( inscribed acetate sheeets) are printed by rolling on ink, which is worked into the groves on the plate. Then the excess wiped off before being printed on to dampened paper, using a printing press.  In 2019, she was awarded a bursary by Smisby WI to  attend a Colour Techniques in Intaglio at Green Door printmaking studio in Derby. 

Marie enjoys the technical and methodological challenges in print making, in addition to making an imaginative interpretation of a topic. She is still trying to find solutions to successfully produce her ideas in a pleasing format!  During the Corona virus lock down she explored photopolymer etching, which involves transferring an  image from an acetate positive to an etching plate, which is covered with a light sensitive gel, by exposure to UV light. The plate is then  “etched” with water and dried. This plate can then be inked and printed in the normal manner. Getting the exposure times right is very tricky!

Marie was thrilled to have her viscosity printed Kneeling Woman etching accepted into the Harly Open Exhibition 2019 at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck  (Jan to March 2019) and  also accepted at the Open Print Exhibition at the Ty Pawb gallery ( November 2019  to January 2020). Her Sheep aquatint etching was accepted into the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts Open All media Exhibition, (March to April 2019). She was delighted to have three etching accepted into the Derby Open Exhibition , "Rabbit Haven", "Kneeling Woman" and a chine colle print "Baa"!  A chine colle version of the Kneeling Woman plate was  exhibited at the RBSA Friends Exhibition  ( July 2019) and awarded a Highly Commended at the Derby Sketching Club Trophy Exhibition over the Spring Bank Holiday 2019. 

In 2020, many of her photopolymer etchings can be see in the online Figurative Fancies. This is a joint exhibition,  with Chrissy Stangroom,  (another Green Door member) and hosted by Green Door Print Studio, see Also, two etchings Baslow Edge Highlands ( a la poupee) and Sheep Shearer have been accepted for the RBSA Friends Exhibition (2020), which is also online this year due to the virus.