Deborah Bryan

Deborah Bryan

Johnson City, TN
Detritus: Leaf on Barbed Wire, Intaglio with Chine Colle
13 x 15.5

6 x 8.5” copper plate
2B pencil drawing
asphaltum hardground
rosin aquatint
light blue Unryu, 7 x 9.5”
Kitikata, 4 x 5”
Magnani Pescia, cream or white, 11 x 15”
mylar film
zen shofu wheat paste, diluted to Southern gravy consistency

Polish plate, bevel edges, degrease, and apply asphaltum hardground. Heat on 200-degree hotplate, let cool. Transfer pencil drawing to plate, and needle plate for line etch in ferric chloride for 10 minutes (faint lines) to 60 minutes (bold lines). Clean plate and apply rosin aquatint, fuse, and etch for tonal areas, 30 seconds (lightest grays) to 20 minutes (black). Proof, sand with 400 grit sandpaper and oil, and re-etch tonal areas as needed.

To Print: Apply wheat paste to one side of Unryu and Kitikata with small foam roller, let dry. Place plate, image side up onto glue side up Unryu, cut around perimeter, then remove additional eighth inch. Use Mylar to make template of leaf, cut leaf from Kitikata. Soak Magnani Pescia 30 minutes, ink plate, and then layer inked plate, Kitikata leaf, blue Unryu, Magnani Pescia paper on the press bed. Print, dry, and sign.