Liz Chalfin

Liz Chalfin

Florence, MA
Drive-In, Aquatint
16 x 12

“Drive-In” is an aquatint etching printed on Hahnemuhle Copperplate, 300 gsm warm white paper as an edition size of 10 made in 2009.

Plate Making
Degrease a copper plate.
Spray on an aquatint ground of Z*Acryl Hardground Emulsion using an airbrush.
Dry the ground with heat.
Etch the plate in Ferric Chloride in a vertical etching tank for 20 minutes.
Remove from etchant, rinse and strip ground in solution of sodium carbonate and water.
Draw the image into the plate by scraping and burnishing down the darks to create lighter values.
Proof and continue scraping, burnishing, sanding.

Printing
Ink up the warmed plate with Daniel Smith Creamy French Black etching ink.
Wipe with tarletan.
Place plate on etching press bed face up.
Cover plate with dampened, blotted Hahnemuhle copperplate paper.
Cover with two thin wool blankets.
Run the whole lot through the etching press.
Remove the paper and set to dry.
Repeat.