I'm thrilled to be heading out to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland on a three-day art retreat this weekend! I'll be learning "Solarplate Intaglio Printing" with artist Rosemary Cooley and staying in a cosy bed & breakfast. Woo Hoo!
According to the Solarplate website, this etching plate is "a light sensitized steel backed polymer material used by artists as an alternative to hazardous printing techniques. It is a simple, safer, and faster approach than traditional etching and relief printing. It does not use grounds, acids or solvents. It is exposed with U.V. light (the sun) and developed with ordinary tap water."
So etching and intaglio printing without the chemicals - what's not to like?
We were asked to bring black and white images on clear transparency sheets which will be used in exposing the plate. I copied some of my photographs and a page of text to try. Then I played with drawing and painting directly onto the transparencies - WOW! I can't wait to see how all of these look as etchings - and to figure out how I can use them as layers in my mixed media printmaking work.