My local group met before our summer break and tried some caustic lino block etching. I have wanted to try this technique for a while but hadn’t gotten my nerve up to be playing with caustic substances (100% lye). Then I found some instructions that seemed straightforward on this blog. (I am just giving the basics here, click on the link for the full instructions if you want to try it.) We followed the instructions, didn’t have any chemical disasters and etched our blocks.
I decided to do some small samples to test out the process before the group meeting. I already had some small lino blocks cut, I think these are about 3″ x 4″. I transferred the design with pencil and tracing paper, then painted on the resist area using Golden GAC 200 medium and let that dry.
Here’s the set up with the blocks in place. You can’t use anything plastic or the lye will eat it.
Here’s the mixture of lye and wheat paste that is applied to the lino blocks. The areas that are not covered with the GAC 200 resist will be etched away. The trial run, I left the lye in place for about two hours. Then the goop is cleaned up and the lino blocks cleaned with a toothbrush in soap and water. Then I used a standard blue ink pad to print these as I didn’t want to get out my full print making ink setup.
Here’s the resulting prints. Interesting, they look so different than the usual hand cut lino blocks. Once the group was here, we repeated the process and etched four more blocks that were 4″ x 6″.
Here’s Louise’s block on the left and the print on the right. I love the organic feel these prints have.
This is Paula’s block and resulting print.
Poppies for Sally in her block and print.
And mine is based on tree rings. I’m thinking about this as a theme for my upcoming art and design class.
I thought this process was relatively easy compared to carving a block and you can really get some fine details and a very different look than carving. I will definitely be doing more etching of lino blocks. Next I will have to try and print with these on felt and see how they come out.
Recently, we had our in person exhibition in La Conner, Washington for the class I have been participating in for nearly three years. Many of you don’t live close enough to attend but we are also having an online Meet the Artists event that anyone can attend.
You are Invited to an Online Exhibition and
Discussion with the Artists of the
Bachelor Buttons Level 3
Advanced Experimental Stitch Class
Join Tutors Gail Harker and Penny Peters at a free online venue
Tuesday July 19– 10:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT
If you would like to attend this free event, you do need to sign up in advance. You can sign up here:
Join us online (no fee) to view our Level 3 Advance Stitch student’s exhibition of creative stitched artwork. It will truly have you dreaming of wonderful possibilities there are for people just like you.
Each of our participating artists will have a chance to talk about their experience working through this coursework, in spite of pandemic conditions! There will be time for questions and answers with the artists.
The event will be starting at 10:30 am PDT (West Coast US Pacific Daylight Time) and run until 12:30 pm PDT. To convert to your time zone, go to: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html