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Etching Solar Plate: Blue dragonfly by Marion Chapman

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Solar plate etching on embossment from a linocut.
The dragonfly image was taken from a photo i took in my front yard of a dragonfly captured by my son. The poppies are from a William Morris design who must be one of the most amazing designers ever.

My specialities are watercolour painting and printmaking. Further enquiries?

All works are hand painted or hand printed onto fine quality paper. Marion uses Arches 300gsm rough paper, Saunders Waterford 300gsm cold pressed paper for her watercolours and for each unique state print, the paper is either BFK Rives 280gsm cream paper or Hahnemulle rough 280gsm.

All enquiries welcome.

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  • Marita McVeigh
    Marita McVeighover 6 years ago

    I like this a lot!

  • Leanne Inwood
    Leanne Inwoodover 6 years ago

    nice. what is a solar plate etching? sounds intresting.

  • A solar plate etching is a polymer plate that uses the sun to etch into it rather than the traditional metal plate that is etched into with acid.
    Thanks for commenting Termite.

    – Marion Chapman

  • Annie Wise
    Annie Wiseover 6 years ago

    Great result!

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownover 6 years ago

    This is very effective. I am assuming the embossment came first. Did you have problems maintaining it when you had to re-wet and re-press the paper?

  • Thanks Marilyn. No, no probs maintaining the design as i designed the lino to go with the solar plate and i ran them thru together.

    – Marion Chapman

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownover 6 years ago

    Then how did you overcome the varying thickness of the plates?

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 6 years ago

    I guess by compromising the solar plate – it is slowly getting super squished and has formed a ridge in the lino.

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownover 6 years ago

    The effect is certainly worth it.

  • Gudrun Eckleben
    Gudrun Ecklebenover 6 years ago

    Goodness, this is lovely! An interesting process. I’ve never heard of solar plate etching before.

  • justlinda
    justlindaover 6 years ago

    Sounds like this took quite awhile to create but well woth it, lovely effect with great mounting.

  • JanG
    JanGover 6 years ago

    So beautiful! You are right about William Morris being the master – I love his work. Your lovely dragonfly and intricate printing process have only enhanced his flowers.

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