Copper Plate Etching, Twinkle, twinkle Little Bat!

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

I have wanted to do a bat image for some time now.  I have always loved bats and finally got round to joining the Bat Conservation Trust in 2014.  I did in an evening class in Cardiff Print Workshop in September 2015 so decided to make a copper plate etching of a bat. I wanted to use some text to go with it and for a while could not think of anything. Then I remembered one of my favourite bits from Alice In Wonderland when the Mad Hatter sings "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!". 

I didn't have the confidence to draw directly on to the plate so put the image on tracing paper and then transfered to the plate by going over the lines with pencil - similar to the process I use with rubber stamps.

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
Bat Drawing on Tracing Paper

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
Image Transferred to Plate

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
Stop-out scratched off Plate - ready for etching
As with the rubber stamps I typed the text on a typewriter and then scanned it and enlarged it. It was easier than I thought to draw it/scratch out the stop-out on the plate.The plate is then etched with ferric chloride and you can see the result below.

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
Plate Etched

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
First Print from plate

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat
Final Print
The final print is not as I imagined and unfortuantley the text was lost in the process. I messed up the plate a bit but, it wasn't a total loss, thanks to the guidance of Bill Chambers the tutor who helped me 'rescue' it :-) I still like it though, the bat coming out of the darkness. 

After completing the image I wanted to try it on a rubber stamp to see the results - and I did. I will post pictures and the process soon :-) 

Also if you want to try your hand at printing either as a total beginner or you want to try a new process like I did there are several courses at Cardiff Print Workshop I thoroughly enjoyed mine :-)