Blair Boudreau

Blair Boudreau

Framingham, MA
On a Corner in Tokyo, Intaglio
16 x 19

Bevel edges of zinc plate. Degrease with sprinkle of whiting mixed with ammonia to make thin paste. Rinse and dry plate. With soft brush apply hard ground to cover plate including beveled edges. Dry.

Sketch design into ground with pointed tool (exposing plate below). Etch in bath of 12 to 1 nitric acid. With hard ground, paint areas of plate that will not be aquatinted. Spray uncovered areas with a mist of black spray paint enamel. Immerse in acid bath in stages (longer for denser blacks). Intermittently cover areas with hard ground for shades of grey between stages.

Apply Renaissance Black etching ink to clean plate, spread with scraper. Remove as much excess ink as possible, wipe with tarletan. Polish plate with phone book paper. Place soaked printing paper (1 hour) on top of inked plate (face up). Add sheet of newsprint, cover with felt blankets and run through press.