Eric Goldberg

Eric Goldberg

Mansfield, CT
Travel in Mind, Etching/Aquatint/Hand Color

PLATEMAKING
* Bevel edges of copperplate
* Polish copperplate
* Apply liquid ground
– (32 oz. liquid asphaltum, 24 oz. gum turpentine, 4 oz. babyoil)
* Heat plate (with good ventilation) let cool to room temperature
* Transfer drawn image and draw with china marker on surface
* Create line drawing using etching needle
* Etch in ferric chloride using vertical tank
* Clean plate and re-apply new hard ground
* Add pattern, cross-hatch and stipple marks to create values
* Etch plate and proof the etching
* Clean plate and re-apply new hard ground
* Add more marks, cross-hatch and stipple
* Etch plate and proof the etching
* Continue process until all desired values are achieved
* Clean and degrease plate
* Stop-out all surfaces to remain white (using stop-out varnish and brush)
* Apply aquatint (using stop-out varnish with airbrush)
* Etch and make final proof

PRINTING
* Apply mixture of Vine Black and Midnight Black ink (Graphic Chemical and Ink) using cardboard scraper
* Wipe with tarletan, sheets of newspaper and hand wipe
* Clean edges with cloth
* Place plate face-up on etching press bed
* Lay dampened paper on plate (pre-soaked until limp and then blottered)
* Run through press with felt blankets
* Dry paper to bone-dry, using a series of blotters and weights
* Apply watercolors to prints and allow to dry