Waterfront Gallery, Harbour Quay, Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Printing an Etching
preparing the paper . . .
heavy, acid free printmaking paper is torn to size and soaked for 8 hours to soften it and make it receptive to the ink
inking the plate . . . oil-based ink is applied to the copper plate by scraping it across the surface with small pieces of cardboard. The ink is tough to get off your hands, so the baggy green gloves are something you just get used to.
cleaning off excess ink startched cheesecloth called tarletan is used to wipe excess ink off the surface of the plate, while (hopefully) keeping ink nicely in the etched grooves, so that the print will have good line quality. This takes practice.
successful transfer . . . ink from the copper plate is successfully transferred to the printmaking paper.