Stephanie Stigliano

Stephanie Stigliano

Malden, MA
Water Lily Pods, Intaglio
12 x 14

The inspiration for this three-color copper plate etching came from time spent kayaking on Lake Damariscotta in Maine. I collected water lilies and other plant material. After working on pencil drawings in the studio, I coated the copper plates with hard ground and drew through the ground to reveal the copper. I etched using Ferric Chloride. After the initial line drawing, I developed lights and darks by applying a spray paint aquatint for a soft, even tone. Then I blocked out the lights and etched successive times to develop darks. Finally, I scraped and burnished the plate to smooth the transition areas and drew directly into the plate with a steel needle, dry point, to define some darker areas. When I finished with the plate, I experimented with color ink combinations and printed on white Rives BFK with Akua Kolor inks. The image was worked through eight states.