Preparing the plate and applying ground

PreparingTheGround1 So, it turns out that I didn’t degrease the plate thoroughly enough. After drying the plates I noticed dried on whiting powder in a couple of places so gave them another rinse, This showed up that the water was running off unevenly meaning that the plates weren’t degreased properly. For the second degrease I used good old kitchen favourite CIF, applied with a felt pad. This did a good job and after rinsing and drying the plates were ready to coat.
PHASE TWO – Applying ground and plate backing resist.
I’ve chosen to use Lascaux hard ground for coating the plate. This is quite runny and is clear so I added a drop of Daler acrylic black ink, poured some onto the plate and painted it over the whole plate with a flat brush. I did this with the plate horizontal and sitting on a piece of wood to raise it off the table top. It dried pretty quickly with a hot air heater blowing on it.PreparingTheGround2

PreparingTheGround3When the ground was thoroughly dry I turned the plates over and brushed on the pink Lascaux plate backing resist. This also dried quite quickly and the plates are now ready for etching !!

Introduction to Intaglio for beginners
Etching the Plate