Tuesday was the last night of Richenda’s course on the Goetz Technique, an opportunity to try and perfect our inking techniques under an experienced eye. The inking of the plates is perhaps the most critical aspect affecting the final results of the print. It is easy to take too much away and lose the richness that is possible, while equally being too timid with the wiping does not allow you the full range of tones that may be possible.
The technique is particularly suited to people who have a painterly style because of the range of tones that can be achieved. However I still found the results interesting for my fairly graphic approach to work, particularly the depth of black that can be achieved over an area.
I had prepared a few small plates to print from for Tuesday but did not manage to print them all that night and so finished them later in the week.
The course proved very popular with all who participated so don’t be surprised if it appears on the calendar again sometime. If you fancy trying something different give it a go.
These two images were my first prints of the night, the left one is just carborandum and the right one is drypoint. Then I combined into one print below.
Didn't get this one quite right, not enough ink within the drypoint areas. All the work is on one plate and it does make it a touch harder to ink and wipe properly.
I was happier with this one, the spiral was all with the darkest range of carborundum and then a mix of light and medium tones for the other areas. I will certainly be exploring these further