Yuji Hiratsuka

Yuji Hiratsuka

Corvallis, OR
Hybrid Tulips, Intaglio with Chine Colle
24 x 16

My personal technique using chine collé with traditional and innovative etching methods is as follows.

To start out with, I create the first tones on a copper plate by using etching, drypoint, aquatint, softground or roulette and pull my first color impressions. From these first impressions, I work back into the plate with a scraper, burnisher and emery paper to enhance the lights and accent the motif. I then go on to the second color. I usually print on the paper that best suits my work, this is a thin Japanese washi paper known as Owara mulberry paper. With continuous alterations to the plate, I print a sequence of colors: black, yellow, red and blue that requires passing the same plate through the press four times for each design and color change. Finally, I apply glue to the back of the washi paper after completing the above mentioned process (CMYK* printing) and pass it through the press with a dry heavier rag paper (BFK Rives, Arches or Somerset, etc.) beneath.