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Seven Sisters


Nomad Art Darwin


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Barrupu Yunupingu ; Dhopiya Yunupingu ; Dorothy Djakanngu Yunupingu ; Gulumbu Yunupingu (dec) ; Djerrkngu Yunupingu ; Nyapanyapa Yunupingu ; Ranydjupi Yunupingu; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).



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To create an etching plate several processes can be applied. Etching is a resist procedure, which means that any surface covered by an acid-resistance medium will remain with its original surface and anything without an resistant medium will be etched away by the acid. The smooth surface is bitten by the acid and the incised area holds the ink. Creating prints with this technique allows the artist to produce depth within the surface area. Coloured ink is applied once the plate is fully etched. It is then put through a printing press at high pressure to transfer the image onto paper. At the printing stage colour can be manipulated to enhance the artwork. For the Seven Sisters project the different techniques used included the following: Photographic exposure - where an image is painted on acetate and then exposed onto a photo sensitive coating before being etched in acid. More applications can be applied after this initial step. Bitumen Paint - painting directly onto the zinc plate the bitumen paint resists the acid and can be applied in several layers over the top between dipping in acid to create depth. Sugar Lift - painting directly onto the plate using a sugar syrup. The plate is then covered with a thin layer of bitumen and the sugar lift is dissolved in hot water. The surface where the sugar syrup was applied creates a line to be etched in the acid. This is used when the brushwork needs to be a positive mark. Spray Paint - applied in a thin layer the diffused paint creates a surface that catches the ink and gives the art work tonal areas this can also be achieved with aquatint process. THE PROCESS

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