Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Show and Tell: A Visit to the Aquarium
For this Show and
Tell post, I am showing a series of three prints instead of just one
In 2009, I visited
the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport with my dear friend Paula. I
love that place! I took a lot of photographs that provided me with some great images to use for artwork. A few months later, I did use some
in a printmaking class at university, where we were learning to do intaglio
etching. It was required that we choose a theme for each term so I
chose aquarium images.
I loved learning to
do the etching process. We used non-toxic materials and methods to
etch the designs into copper plates. Intaglio means that the
ink was rubbed into the plate and the excess removed before printing
on dampened paper with a roll press. Here is a great site to learn about nontoxic printmaking.
My first print was
of a Lionfish. It is such a beautiful fish and I did my best to portray its
grandeur. It was an edition of 50 with 18 going to a class print
Here is the etched plate for the Lionfish print.
The second project
Seahorse was made with two plates. I custom mixed my colours with Akua
water-based inks. These creatures are quite intriguing! It was an
edition of 6 in addition to 3 artist prints and 3 B&W test prints
I plan to use as mixed media projects.
My third print,
Aquarium was made by layering different papers during the printing
process called 'chine colle.' For the water, I tinted wet Japanese
mulberry paper with Akua watercolours before the application. The
black foreground is another layer of Strathmore drawing paper. The base is charcoal grey Canson drawing paper. It was
in an edition of 4 due to the complex process.