Keith McIntyre, professional printmaker and painter has booked and been working in the Print Workshop.
He came ready with several plates – in copper and zinc. Keith had prepared his metal plates in his own studio with a hard ground and had prepared his drawings.
I mixed up a Saline Sulphate solution for the zinc etch and Ferric Chloride for the copper plates. Saline Sulphate solution for the zinc etch is a fast etch and you will need to test your etching times before platemaking. Keith was being experimental in his approach and got some good results – although it is surprising how active this solution mix is.
For the Ferric Chloride we used horizontal trays – Keith got better results when he turned his plates upside down in the Ferric Chloride, so the residue did not interrupt the biting process.
It is rewarding to finally have the workshop up and running to a professional standard.
You can book a session in the Print Workshop or Dark Room here.
Our four-day Living + Learning Wilderness event in April is still open for bookings. An amazing opportunity to explore visual art and photography in the natural environment of North Uist.