Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists

Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009

Printing Process

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Below are images of the Printmaking Process the copper plates go through after the drawing is complete. First they are prepared for immersion in acetic acid and then immersed in ferric chloride. In order to be sure the Ferric is the correct strength I measure the Baume with a Hydrometer, you can see below it reads 40 Baume, which is the strength I like to work with.

Once the plates are etched, I clean them with white spirit and meths to remove the hard ground and stop-out varnish. I then mix inks, apply ink, wipe ink, hand wipe, tissue wipe and print the plate onto paper that has soaked in a water bath.

Each print is different as I mix different colours and wipe slightly differently.

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Written by gemmaanderson

22/10/2009 at 2:44 pm

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  1. Hi Gemma,

    I am really very impressed with this work that you are doing. some of my friends who work in similar areas especially the etching will be likewise. Thanks for sharing it with me. I will definately revisit it as it is such a forward looking initiative

    Mike Turpie

    27/10/2009 at 7:59 pm


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