I had decided to make this new etching using a polymer plate rather than the more traditional metal plate. The product is called Toyobo plate - it can also be called 'solarplate' - and it is a type of photographic plate. I like using it because I can make an ink drawing as the basis for the etching.
Here's the drawing I started with. It's an ink and pencil drawing on film (the film allows the light to pass through it and make the marks on the plate).
Once the plate is ready, it can be inked up. (You'll note that the image is now reversed).
Got the gloves out and decided what colour of ink to use. This time I chose a mixture of black with brown and blue to make an interesting dark colour. At the same time I was soaking the paper in a bath of water (the ink is oil-based and has to be printed on to damp paper).
Then it's ready for an impression to be made (the 'print' is really an impression of the plate on paper).
Here's the plate on the bed of the press, ready to roll. It's lying on tissue paper to stop the press bed getting inky.
So that's it really. Quite a lot involved in making a print, isn't there? I feel that I'm still learning the skills, but that I am improving with practice.
I'll pick these prints up next week once they are dry. Hope you like them!