There are so many colors and textures beneath the waves. Planning this I walked along the beach, went to the aquarium and of course perused the library. After all that I still spent several days moving my sketched objects around the plate. Two plates were used. The upper green formation is a kale leaf and the bottom is a type of moss.
This etching was an experiment. I used the back of a copper sheet found in the recycle. It was deeply etched where the acid had eaten around the masking tape used to protect the back. I just kept adding lines to the plate until I decided I had better quit. I added the embossing because it fit in a frame better. This was my first embossing experience – but you will see more of it in my later prints.
I truly enjoyed creating the skin texture on this amazing animal. I decided it did not require a background other than plate wipe.
I live near the ocean and you will see my admiration for it in a lot of my art. This piece was so much fun to do. You will see jellyfish pop up in some of my “sea life” pieces.