Reviving what is lost

A couple of months back I tried re-sensitizing a stone for the first time. It was something I had been thinking about for a long time, something about this process really speaks to me. I think it is the uncertainty and loss of control over the stone and the image that appeals to me so much.

We have a word in Icelandic that I think applies very well here, the word is ‘æðruleysi’. I don’t know the English translation for it but it means to accept whatever happens with serenity, that you have to give yourself up to a higher power and accept the things that are out of your control. I find this loss of control very liberating.

So I wanted to keep re-sensitizing. I noticed that last time the areas of the older drawing that were covered with water tusche printed a lot stronger than all the other areas and so I set out to investigate this a bit further. I took one of my old stones that I hadn’t grained yet and splashed it with water tusche.

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Before splashing the tusche I had cleaned the stone with oil patch cleaner and flushed it with acetic acid as I wasn’t planning on using it. Regardless the image seemed to be there still but I didn’t etch it before the first roll up as the whole thing was a bit unstable and I didn’t want it all to disappear.

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After the roll up. The old image was coming up fine but I noticed that there was a strange pattern on the tusche, like marks from a cloth or a brush. I think these are probably from the oil patch cleaner and so the tusche didn’t have it’s usual charming pattern. I gave it a water etch to lighten it a bit so it wouldn’t fill in.

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And then printed some proofs.

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As with the earlier stone the areas under the tusche came out very strong while the rest was very light. I am finding this process very fascinating and I am now thinking of ways I can further experiment with it.

It seems to bring new life to something that is otherwise lost.

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Author: ninaoskarsdottir

Visual Artist

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