I love plants. I really love plants. If I didn’t have such a rambunctious force of destruction masquerading as a domestic cat, my little studio apartment would be exploding with greenery. The first plant I bought when moving to Chicago was a Hoya plant and in an open admission of bad parenting, I play favorites. My sister recently killed her money tree plant, and for Christmas I made her this etching: A plant that could not be killed. Edition of 11, e-mail RaeleenKao@gmail for purchase.
The first step is applying a hard-ground acid resist to the copper plate. The image is drawn through the acid resist, exposing the copper underneath. In order to capture all the detail, I use a pair of jeweler’s glasses on top of my day-to-day Coke-bottle lenses.
The entire plate is submerged in acid, which bites into the drawn lines.
Tone in etching is applied by dusting a plate with powdered rosin to create a random dot pattern, which is heat-fused to the plate and also acts as an acid resist.
Ink is applied to the plate, and transferred to pre-soaked paper under the high pressure of the etching press.