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 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.  In 2019, she was awarded a bursary by Smisby WI to  attenda 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!

Marie was thrilled to have her viscosity printed 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 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 awarded a Highly Commended at the Derby Sketching Club Trophy Exhibition over the Spring Bank Holiday 2019.