In the last post, I talked about doing a hard ground etching using the Baldwin Etching Ground (BIG), a new product from the UK. I rolled a second layer on the same plate, and started by trying to use it as a soft ground. Mr. Baldwin, in the technical demonstrations on his YouTube channel, goes through a complicated procedure involving lifting some of the ground off immediately using muslin, then rolling the plate with BIG again. I followed the Zea Mays recommendations, which you can see in this link.
In the proof image above, the soft ground drawing can be seen in the pipe, a few puffs of pipe smoke, and the factory. As per Zea Mays, I flash dried the plate for 5 minutes before drawing onto the soft ground, but in fact it dried quite quickly and was already turning into a hard ground after 10 minutes of drawing. So I dried it some more in the hotbox and let it sit for 30 minutes, before drawing extensively into the hard ground resist. Just as for the first hard ground etch, the lines all etched perfectly, and there was no overbiting of the first layer of lines.
Re: using BIG as a soft ground, I should probably try it again, on a fresh plate.
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