The opportunity to participate in a Printmaking workshop fell into my lap earlier this year and I’m glad I didn’t let it pass me by. This workshop was organised by the Britto Arts Trust and was a little different in format from the earlier two.
There were two coordinators but there was no person conducting the workshop. Half the participants were practicing print makers, while the others were painters and sculptors being exposed to printmaking for the first time. The idea was to share ideas, methods and techniques to produce work based on the theme “Mechanical Fantasy”.
The subject took me out of my zinc plates in preparation. Finally two you see below were selected.and I spent the first 3 days just playing around with different ideas and making small sketches based on them. Of course we were busy with cleaning and the
Lines were etched and then the plate was prepared with a layer of rosen for the Aquatint process. Unlike the earlier two , I transferred the drawings onto tracing paper, reversed it and used a sharp object to transfer it again to the prepared plate.