Marjorie Javan

Marjorie Javan

Lexington, MA
Evolution, Intaglio
14.5 x 15.5

Ingredients:
zinc plate
nitric acid bath
wax crayons
hard & soft rollers
intaglio inks
flash or burnt plate oil

The initial linear etch was drawn through a conventional hard ground and bitten with nitric acid. The ground was then removed and subsequent layers were bitten using wax crayons as an acid resist. The plate was printed using a viscosity method where varying the thicknesses (viscosities) of the ink with plate or flash oil cause them to repel each other when rolled in layers on the plate. The plate was first inked and wiped in the traditional manner. The remaining two colors were thinned with flash oil. The thinner (low viscosity) color was rolled over the plate surface using a hard roller. A stiffer (higher viscosity) color was then rolled over the plate using a soft roller to ink the deepest bitten areas. The plate was then printed with one pass through the press.