Surface Tension, Aquatint with Chine Colle & Inkjet
18 x 24
“Surface Tension” is one of host of prints, which come out my interest in elements that always fascinates us children such as the tactical and mysterious space between nature’s liquid membranes. I wanted to push the print to capture the swirling antipathy of liquids on a bubble. To do this in colored intaglio could be done, but I have been having success with chine collé printing and I wanted to push complexity into the image by arranging precut elements. My original planned edition of 12 shrunk to 8 after many misaligned prints were appearing.
I discovered that the chine collé paper components had a tendency to curl slightly with the grain of the sheet, which added to the challenge of registration. By rolling the components carefully contrary to the grain, I could get them to lay better.
I have been working on 18”x 24” sheets of copper, which stretch my ability to use my 13” x 19” Japanese inkjet paper. I have been using Kozo Shi Light from Digital Art Supplies Inc. for some of my Chine Collé pieces with some success