It's very versatile, and can be a springboard for more traditional techniques as well as some new ones. The film makes an incredible stop-out and can even be difficult to remove. I did not use it for photo etching but to apply an stencil-like image.
I did eleven different states, including a sugarlift aquatint, lots of burnishing, and line etching.
|ImageOn Ultra film (blue) on the plate, after exposure & development|
|Proof of the 1st state, after I applied a spray acrylic aquatint|
|3rd state, after the sugar lift aquatint was applied|
|5th state, after burnishing|
|8th states, after I have added etched lines|
|Final proof, using a dark brown in on Hahnemuhle copperplate paper|
One nice feature of ImagOn film is the fine detail you can get. The tiny teeth on the gear image would have been very difficult to create by just painting a ground on the plate and applying an aquatint. The little print came out pretty well and I'm happy with it. I have decided it's a study for a new larger plate; one I started last week.
Here is the first state of the new plate, 10x10" copper. First technique was a spray aquatint. I will be working on this plate for the next few weeks, and will show the latest updates as I progress!
|large gears plate first proof after initial aquatint|
Check back for my progress on the large gear plate soon!