The plate is first coated with an acid resist ground. I draw through the ground with an etching needle to expose the metal.The plate is then immersed in a bath of acid. After some time the marks made will be “bitten” into the metal where it is exposed, leaving behind lines etched into the plate.The ground is removed and the plate is inked, filling the etched lines, and then wiped using a scrim to remove excess ink. The plate, with a piece of dampened paper on top, is pulled through the etching press. The pressure of the press forces the paper into contact with the ink transferring the image.
Each print is individually hand inked and printed and therefore unique!
Lino cut is a relief print produced in a manner similar to a woodcut but that uses linoleum as the surface into which the design is cut and printed from. An image can be created from cutting several blocks of lino, one for each colour. A reduction lino cut is a method of block printing in which each colour layer is taken from the same block. More lino is removed from the block for each layer and each colour is printed on top of the last. This means that an entire edition must be printed in one go – once you have carved into the block for the next layer, you can’t go back to print more!