Aerial View Looking South East 2009, Etching
17.25 x 15.5
First, be sure all three plates are the same size then begin by tracing watercolor (painted on sight) same size as etching. Transfer tracing to etching plate. Make line etching on blue plate. Aquatint values into blue plate. Print. Transfer wet print onto Red plate. Oxidize red plate in weak acid. Clean red plate and aquatint red plate. Print blue and red together and offset onto yellow plate. Oxidize yellow plate, clean and aquatint.
Printing inks are all Charbonnel at full strength except the yellow, which is cut, with Lake White Transparent. The colors are Prussian Blue, Jaune Primevere and Laque de Garance. I use a warm hot plate for wiping and fairly stiff tarlatan. The paper is soaked for ten minutes and blotted twice. For registration: I use newsprint marked with the blue plate with the top of the plate oriented to the roller. The paper is longer on top to trap it under the roller so that I can switch plates for subsequent colors.