Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin

Tulsa, OK
Queen Bee, Color Etching with Hand Sewing
14 x 18

“Queen Bee” is a 4 color etching, with hand sewing printed on Rives BFK heavy, gray paper.

PLATE MAKING
1.) Cut 4 copper plates; bake rosin aquatint on plate.
2.) Draw key image (black) on 1st plate, using litho crayon resist.
3.) Etch plate as desired in ferric chloride solution.
4.) Pull proof of key image, then off-set image onto other plates.
5.) Draw and etch color plates.
6.) Clean rosin off plates with alcohol; let dry.

PRINTING
1.) Tear and soak paper. Trace template and tape to press bed.
2.) Ink all 4 plates in desired colors, and set aside.
3.) Place plate with lightest color on the press first; run through the
press until plate clears the roller, but paper is still “trapped” under roller.
4.) Lift up paper, and take first plate off press and clean template. Place second
plate on the press, and repeat process with each plate until completely
printed.
5.) Allow print to dry under blotters overnight.
6.) Hand sew print to new sheet of paper.