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 is using less toxic materials. She uses aluminium or zinc plates, coated with Andrew Baldwin’s Ink Ground (BIG) . This ground is rolled on and briefly cooked in an oven! once ensribed, 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.
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!
Marie was thrilled to have her Kneeling Woman etching accepted into the Harly Open Exhibition 2019 at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck from 19th Jan 2019 to 24th March 2019 and her Sheep aquatint etching accepted into the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts Open All media Exhibition, running from 14 March to 13 April 2019. She has also had three etching accpeted into the Derby Open Exhibition , Rabbit Haven, Kneeling Woman and Baa!, a chine colle.