I finally tried etching and I'm hooked. I've been researching on the internet for a while on how to do it so I gathered the materials together and took the acid bath plunge! It takes several steps and you have to be clean and meticulous on the prep, but the payoffs are fabulous. Wanna see? Hee hee, here we go!
The three techniques used were freehand doodles drawn with a Sharpee, a stamp using a specific ink that works as a good resist (StazOn Ink) and photocopied image transfer. I was a bit anxious on the photocopy ones as my images weren't the best. I'll try a different heat technique and hopefully will have a better result. Some helpful tutorials and details on how to do this can be found here, here and here.
I was intending to take pictures of the next steps, but acid, rubber gloves, baking soda and water baths is a messy business. Picking up a camera in the middle of all that wasn't in the cards. But after neutralizing the acid and a little scrubbing, LOOK!
I'll keep you posted on the new projects bouncing around in my head. I have one portrait etching I'm ready to tackle and will show my results. Stay tuned!