Today I worked on three different etching plates. One already has some hard ground bite on it but I wanted to take the impression from a piece of ribbon and etch that onto the plate. I don’t want you to think it’s all plain sailing so I’m letting you know I didn’t get the pressure right on the ‘impress’. I had to re-roll the soft ground three times (using the hob in the kitchen and a great big hunk of metal to diffuse the heat). Still don’t know that I’ve got it right but I’m 18 miles from the acid so I won’t know until tomorrow. Torture.

Who was it that said ‘It’s not what you plan, it’s how you react when your plan doesn’t quite come off that counts’? John Lennon said something similar. Never more true than in printmaking or DIY.