Friday, October 16, 2009

Water pool - along Superior (Solar plate print)

Water Pool - along Superior
solar plate print with hand colouring
Image size 5 x 7 in. (12 x 18 cm)
paper size 8 x 10 in. (20 x 25 cm)
variable edition of 24

I used one of my photos as reference to draw a rough which led to the creation of the print.

Pictured above is the second stage on frosted drafting film from original sketch done in pen and ink and fine point marker with washes applied using thinned down india ink. The first rough sketch in pencil on paper was placed underneath the drafting film and was used as a guide to apply the washes first. Once these were dry I then added in the linework and dots with pen and ink. This was then scanned at 600 d.p.i. on my scanner and printed in grayscale onto an inkjet transparency.
Exposed the transparency onto a 5 x 7 inch solar plate using the double exposure method, first stage being the aquatint screen exposure followed by the grayscale positive. The aquatint screen acts like a halftone to pick up the lighter elements in gray from the image so as not to get a high contrast effect.

Printed on Canson Edition 250 gsm off white with Graphic Chemical Bone black ink. Colour was added using washes of watercolour.


  1. Beautiful composition. Love the subtle coloring. Can we see the photo and the print before the wash? I am trying to understand the process.

  2. This is awesome , very olde worlde, i am really interested in incorporating solar plates with my photography , keep up the inspiring work