This week students have been finishing up their two color etchings. They have been working very hard to complete the may steps in this printmaking process. First students transferred their self-portraits to their foam etching plate. Next they used black ink to print at least two copies of their image. Some students labeled these as artist's proofs, or test prints. Then students reworked their original plate adding value and texture through hatching and cross-hatching. Finally they "registered" their plates by lining them up with the first color copy, and printed a second color on top. They did such an amazing job that we may add a third and fourth color to some!
Some classes created fall leaf prints by using a stencil shape. They traced the leaf onto the foam etching plate and then practiced using hatching and cross-hatching within that shape. They then printed their etching in one color, choosing warm color paper as their background.