Carol Strause FitzSimonds

Carol Strause FitzSimonds

Portsmouth, RI
Dog Day Afternoon, Solar Plate Aquatint, Chine Colle
15 x 15.75

“Dog Day Afternoon” is a Solar Plate Aquatint with Chine Collé.

“Dog Day Afternoon” was inspired by a series of drawings I had done of children. Wanting the rich range of blacks in my drawing to translate into print, I selected Solar Plate Aquatint as primary technique. Solarplate printing is earth friendly using a UV light sensitive gel coating on steel and water to create the plate.
Working from my drawing using a digital camera, computer and inkjet printer, I created a transparency film then manually manipulated areas with paint. I placed the film image side down on the solar plate, exposed to sunlight thus hardening areas of the gel without image. Next to create the tonal areas; the plate needed a second timed exposure using a film dot screen. Then I scrubbed the plate with a soft brush in a water bath to remove any non-hardened gel. The final step was a 15-minute exposure to sunlight to harden the entire plate for printing.

Printing: I printed this plate as I would a copper etching. Papers used Sekishu and Somerset Texture.