My next ongoing project is to make small dry point etchings from my sketchbook drawings. You might have noticed I like to take my sketchbook along with me whenever I go to Jeremy's gigs. I have quite a little collection now and I want to do something with them. Daylesford, the town where I now live, (about an hour and a half north west of Melbourne), and the surrounding towns have a great music scene and lots of great little pubs and venues where bands play. I hope to get a whole collection together, have a local exhibition, make an artist book or two and maybe even publish a little digital printed copy of the book. These are my plans, I'll see what happens.
These images below are the first three etching in this series. They measure 8 x 6 cm. Quite a lot of ink is left on the acetate plates and I wipe some areas clean with a cotton bud. It's a bit painterly and difficult to repeat in a perfect edition, so each print in the edition will be a little different. I'll probably keep the edition numbers small, maybe only 10 or 15, maybe more, but no higher than 20. I'd love to have big editions. There is a comfort knowing you have a good few still in the drawers, but I just don't have the time, patience or money to do bigger editions. Also dry point plates wear out after about 20 or 30. The burrs on the plate get worn down and the ink doesn't hold in the lines so well. So small editions it is!
It's just as well these prints are small though, I've run out of paper! I use a paper called Hahnemuhle, it is a 100% cotton rag paper 300gsm, it's gorgeous but expensive! All printmaking papers are pretty expensive. That's why I wait for the paper sale at Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies shop in Melbourne. It happens twice a year and I think it's coming up in June. I'll start saving my pennies for it so I have more lovely Hahnemuhle for the next 6 months! In the mean time I'll just have to use up all my scraps.
I now have cards of some of my work in my etsy shop. You can buy them individually or in sets of 4 or 8. I've also created a sale section in the shop. These are pieces that I only have one or two left and I need to make room in my drawers for all my new work I'm making this year!