Thursday, 5 May 2011

Solarplate etching: More experimenting

Another experiment with what can be done with solarplate (photopolymer) etching. This time, I started with a photograph of one of my recent paintings of the Ashdown Forest landscape...



...converted it to black and white, and then etched it on the solarplate.

Solarplate etching

I like this. The solarplate has picked up all the brushwork and even the weave of the canvas. (Click the picture for a bigger version.) These are much clearer in this etching than they are in the original painting, where the colour grabs the attention. The result has got the quality of a traditional, pure aquatint plate.

I printed the plate again in dark blue.

Solarplate etching

I like this. I like this a lot.