Visitors and Video
I have heard from many people that it's been our feathered friends who have kept up our spirits in recent months. They have visited and delighted us. I am definitely lifted when I see the little flock of silveryeyes return to my garden. They seem to come twice a year, in spring for the feijoa blossom and in autumn for the fennel seeds. I normally collect the fennel seeds for myself to make excellent pasta sauces (even if I do say so myself) but this year the silvereyes got to them first. They entertained me so much with their beauty and acrobatics that I was happy to concede the seeds to them. I also took about 380 photos which have resulted in my recent etching, Silvereye In The Fennel.
I documented the making of this dry point etching from start to finish and made a video to show the processes involved. I don't think everyone understands the term 'original etching' or 'hand pulled print.' The term 'print' is so often presumed to mean not an original, or art that a computer has printed out. But this isn't the case for original prints. That is why I have made this film, to reveal what goes into making an original print.
In the film I show how I use the technique of dry point to scratch the image into the copper plate. It isn't the easiest to get the lines scratched in deep enough but still retain fluidity. You will see in the film how much pressure I need to exert at times.
I also show how the copper plate is inked up by rubbing ink into all the scratched lines, then gently wiping back, taking away the excess ink. I also add colour straight to the plate.
Some areas I want really white, for example the silver part of the eye ring. So I make sure all ink is removed from the area. It's surprising how much ink can still be left on the plate's surface, even after wiping back. I used to use cotton buds for these extra white areas, but due to environmental issues I'm trying to find alternatives. Instead I have experimented with a sharpened wooden stick (seen above), rubber paint brush tools, paper rolls, as well as using bamboo stemmed cotton buds.
Anyway, enough of reading - go watch the movie! Also enjoy the custom composed music by my husband - Jeremy Meaden.