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Tuesday Tales – Good Beginnings


Radar Hill

Radar Hill

This past weekend I taught a class on photo etching. I always like to begin my classes with one or more demos for my students; for no matter how much I explain the process nothing clarifies it like showing how it’s done. When choosing an image to use for a demo, I like to pick one that has all the properties needed to highlight the uniqueness of the process: good contrast and design, interesting texture and above all the possibility for creating that vintage quality so particularly suited to a photo etching.

The photograph for the etching above had these qualities in spades. However, there are no guarantees of success and until the plate is made and the print is inked and pulled off the press you never quite know what you will achieve. The element of surprise is high with printmaking. It is one of the most challenging but also exciting aspects of this medium. Nothing is as satisfying as the moment of the “reveal”, when you see the results of all your hard, and hopeful, labour.

The reveal on this print was one of those wonderful moments when you are especially pleased with your results, not only for having made a lovely print but for having created something that amazed  your students and got them excited to begin pulling their own prints.

And what amazing prints they pulled! You can see some of their wonderful creations here.

Thank you to all my students for a fabulous weekend of fun, creative energy.

Radar Hill, a 3.5″ x 5″ photopolymer gravure etching, is offered this week at $70 unframed.


Author: chiaink

World travelled yet never weary, eloquent and evocative, Chiarina's artworks sing with a sensitive and sensuous spirit.

6 thoughts on “Tuesday Tales – Good Beginnings

  1. This image is just the kind of thing that you can lose yourself in, in looking at it. It’s wonderful.

    I think your students also did some stunning work and what a nice faciity for a class it looked like, too.

    • Thank you Claudia, and yes it was a great facility, big, bright and equipped with lots of tables and three sinks! Oh, and did I mention the view? It was ON the water, at the school’s private dock. Had two beautiful sunny days there.

  2. Ooh-la-la, Chia. What a stunning print you made and a fantastic experience you and your students created together! The students’ work is lovely and it looks and sounds like a rich and delightful adventure. No surprise that you are such a good teacher with all of your talent, sensitivity, articulateness and vast sense of beauty. Thank you for sharing the inspiring experience. Xo

    • Thanks so much Claudia. I am always amazed at what my students can produce with a first intro to the medium. Class situations are always fun. You get to feed off each other’s creativity and enthusiasm, whether you arer the teacher or a student.

  3. very good photo, I do like Your edit!
    Well done!

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