I found a tiny scrap of copper about 1" square and I made a little etching. Girl in Hat.
One of my major projects for 2015 was a book I've entitled In Perspective. I've posted some of my work in progress over the year. This is the latest addition to the illustrations: gold (and in some cases silver) leaf. I am making progress and have almost all the elements ready to put five handmade books together. I think I can safely project that I will be able to accomplish it before the end of this calendar year. Once complete, I will post some photos of the finished project here. I've already begun to think about some big new projects to embark on for the next calendar year.
Etching collage experiment
Page two of In Perspective, printed and ready to bind.
Wendy and Margot are leaving today for the next part of their French adventure. We're always sorry to see them go. Wendy created two wonderful images in the studio and printed them up yesterday. They are both inspired by scenes from the village.
In the atelier.
We're back home again for a few days. I've unwrapped the supplies I got in Paris and have begun playing with them. At Sennelier I purchased some white Japanese tissue called Tengujo, purported to be the thinnest paper made. Despite that, it's very strong. I use it for my chine collé. First I paint it and allow it to dry, then I put glue on it and allow that to dry. When I place the painted and glued tissue on top of my etching plate the wet etching paper activates the glue. When run through the press the Tengujo adheres to the etching paper. The etching lines are printed on top. It's all done in one pass through the press. I also purchased some more ink colors that I use for painting on the Tengujo. It is a German brand from Rohrer & Klingner called Zeichentusche with remarkable qualities. It is entirely archival and permanent. After inking, the paper can be soaked in water and the ink will not run. I know of no other brand like it. This is why I go to Sennelier; these products are not easy to find. This time I also bought a new refillable felt tip pen which I like very much. It's called creapen by J.Herbin.
At Charbonnel I get my copper plates and etching inks.
My third favorite art shop in Paris lies just between the other two, behind the Place St. Michel. We didn't visit it this time. Relma sells book making supplies. Inside the shop is an entire room with floor to ceiling shelves stocked with a boggling collection of handmade Italian marbleized paper. I will be using this one in the photograph for the book I am in the process of creating.
Shopping in Paris is a delicious pleasure.
Etching, chine collé: from project in process entitled In Perspective.