Home Studio: October 8th

October Art Hop" David Jay Spyker. Michael Dunn and Lorrie Abdo

October Art Hop: David Jay Spyker. Michael Dunn and Lorrie Abdo

Many things have happened since my last post, ART PRIZE has concluded, I’m progressing in the KIA Lithography class, there was a fantastic turnout for the October Art Hop Group Exhibit at the Ninth Wave Studio, there is an article in KVCC’s online publication “Insight” about my Art Prize entry as well as what I’m doing in my studio during my alternate schedule time away from teaching, there was a photography session in the studio yesterday for an upcoming article about Ninth Wave Studio by Southwest Michigan Second Wave Media, and now I’m doing the coordination efforts needed for the December 6th Group Exhibit.

It appears that Tuesday is the day for me to catch up on the marketing/communication aspect of my life an as artist. Today I spent the morning adding images of my artwork to my Artsicle site, communicated with an artist who inquired about exhibiting her work at Ninth Wave, wrote up guidelines for artwork submission to the gallery at Ninth Wave, sent out a “call for entries” for the December 6th Group Exhibit, downloaded and edited photos to include in this blog, as well as Ninth Wave Studio’s Facebook page. Soon I will post photos of the Group Exhibit that opened during the October 6th Art Hop.

Litho Pencil & Tusche on aluminum plate

Litho Pencil & Tusche on aluminum plate

In my last post I communicated my doubtfulness of my ability to effectively draw with a litho pencil/crayon. The photo above is my final drawing with a litho pencil on the aluminum plate –I’m fairly happy with the way it turned out. The wash in the background is tusche painted on and thinned with water.

Covering the plate with Talc

Covering the plate with Talc

It was time to start the procedure of the “first etch” which is a multistep process that involves multiple applications of Talc, Gum Arabic, Tannic Acid, and Water while buffing in between with cheesecloth. Much more complex than what I’m used to doing with Dry Point Engraving.

After the “first etch” is the “roll-up” step where you remove the drawn and painted image to reveal the actual etch. This takes an application of Lithotine, Asphaltum, and Water and you also need to accomplish a preparation of the ink and roller.

After the drawn image has been removed an application of ink is rolled on to the plate in six or seven different applications while wiping with a damp sponge in between applications.

The plate rolled with ink

The plate rolled with ink

My instructor was surprised that my etch rolled up so dark, she thought it may have to do with the ratio of the mixture of Gum Arabic and Tannic Acid I used to etch the plate. The instructor suggested I use a ratio of 1 to 1 which I did. After seeing the results she is wondering if I should have used a ratio of 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 (Tannic Acid to Gun Arabic).

I should mention that right before I was going to Talc the plate someone set a bowl of water down on the table and the water splashed out on my plate. You can see the results of that on the photograph above. There is a black blob below the right eye of the image that extends into the hair. That is from the water splash. The instructor will be showing me a way to try to lighten that up before I start the procedure of the “second etch”.

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