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Awakening, Original Viscosity Etching by Julianne B Ricksecker


Viscosity Etching
14" x 11" image size
1983, Julianne B. Ricksecker

Edition size: 16
Hand-printed by the artist 
on Lenox 100

Framed $250.00
(Silver Nielsen aluminum frame with white museum mat.)

Unframed $150.00

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This original print is a very deeply etched zinc plate, bathed in acid for roughly 8-12 hours for some parts of the plate.  Printing is done in one pass through the press.  

Three colors are applied. The first is applied by wiping in the usual intaglio manner, in this case, with yellow.  The second color is a very oily red and is applied with a hard roller, so that the roller only places ink on the highest surface of the plate.  The final color, a dry or tacky blue ink, is applied with a very soft roller that sinks deep into the plate.  The dry blue ink skips over the oilier red and yellow, and sticks to the plate only where there is not already an oily film of ink present. The technique is called viscosity printing because the outcome of the placement of the ink on the plate depends on the relative oiliness (or viscosity) of the 3 inks.

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