solar plate etching / chine-collé
image size: 5 x 9 cm (2 x 3.5 in.)
paper size: 13 x 18 cm ( 5 x 7 in.)
I recently had the rare opportunity to get in close proximity to a pair of loons who were swimming & feeding along shore in a lake located in Quetico Park here in Northwestern Ontario. I had my Canon digital camera in hand and from behind some foliage got quite a few good shots of the pair.
One of the photo studies served as the inspiration for this new piece that I have titled "Togetherness".
It was created by first working the image on my pc and then transferring it in grayscale onto an inkjet transparency using black inkjet ink. I exposed the small piece of solar plate (5 x 9 cm or 2 x 3.5 inches) to an aquatint screen for 3 min and 30 sec which was followed by the actual image positive for the same time duration. Then the plate was developed with water and post cured again with UV light.
The pressure bonded the kozo to the Johannot paper and also picked up the inked fine lines from the plate.