Barbara is a long time printmaker. We are delighted to display one of her main bodies of work; the art of etching. Barbara has illustarted numerous children's books with her magical and whimsical images.
As a child Barbara loved to pour over every detail in the illustrations of a book, more so than absorbing the words. She was especially intrigued with the intricate details of Persian and Indian miniatures. Barbara loves to include small suprises into her compositions. Often times she felt that "adults often miss (such suprises ) but children enjoy finding (them)"! Let Barbara bring out the child in you with her precious etchings. We currently have eight pieces, all framed in a 8" x10" oak presentation. Examples of Barbara's artform are shown below.
Barbara is a contributor to our "Small Wall" a collage of original Petite art with a Grand Impact". Come see and enjoy the diversity and affordable pricing of this collection.
THE ETCHING PROCESS
In etching, a metal plate (zinc or copper) is covered with a resinous "ground " that is resistant to acid. The artist draws through the ground with a needle or other implement. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath which eats away the exposed lines. An image can also be painted on a plate with a liquid ground, leaving whole areas exposed to the acid.
To print, the ground is first cleaned off with solvent. Ink is forced into the etched areas and surface ink is wiped off. This process is also called intaglio. The plate is put on the press face up and covered with a damp 100% rag paper. Felt blankets are placed on top and the plate is run through the press. This procedure must be repeated for each print, making each one an "original" etching.
Color etchings can be done in several ways. Barbara Garrison prints with burnt umber ink and then applies watercolor washes to each individual print.
When dry, the prints are numbered and signed in pencil. When the edition (typically 100) is finished, the plate is canceled.
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