Aquatint, Drypoint, Intaglio, and Chine Colle. Oil-based, French, colored etching inks on white etching paper Rives BFK, France, with Thai mulberry bark overlay. This mixed technique etching—which is part of my JOURNEY BACK FROM MADNESS Collection—shows the Medusa chasing me through the streets of Camden, New Jersey in 1974. Zinc PlatePrinting Notes — Plate’s four sides were hand-filed by artist and then cleaned and de-greased with French chalk whiting. I then applied the first coat of liquid Hard-Ground and allowed this to dry for twelve to twenty hours. I next began to etch my lines into the ground with various needles and intaglio tools and placed the plate in nitric acid for its first bath. The ground is washed off with turpentine or oil of Spike Lavender and cleaned for the first inking and rubbing. The first Artist’s Proof is pulled and subsequent grounds, plate workings, and acid baths continue until I obtain my desired image. This specific plate required five plate re-workings and five acid baths. In the Chine collé process, methyl cellulose powder is mixed with spring water and then applied to mulberry bark paper. The treated paper dries overnight and then cut to fit the plate areas where color is desired in the print. These stenciled mulberry-bark papers are first dampened with water and placed upon the already inked and wiped etching plate. The printing process continues, and a multi-colored image on paper resulting. This hand-done process is a difficult and laborious one, which I do myself every step of the way. Please note that this etching is shipped and sold to the buyer without a frame or mat. This keeps the price reasonable and also allows the collector a wide range of choice in framing selection. For shipment, a sturdy cardboard box is employed. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping box and securely packed with bubble wrap. The price includes packaging and handling, but shipment costs are added. Shipment not included in price.