I’m always ready for a museum trip, so when my friend asked me to come along and see a Rembrandt drawing show I jumped at the chance. Looking back, the detail that still sticks out to me is the beautiful, delicate line of Rembrandt’s etchings. Looking closely at his drawings—some of them only a little bigger than a postage stamp!—I saw how he used line alone to create almost anything.
|Etching Damascus Steel
by Dale Armstrong
I’ve never etched before, but I’ve always wanted to experiment with the fine lines that you can create in that process. There's just nothing else like it. That’s why I think the Etching Damascus Steel project that I found on our sister site, Jewelry Making Daily is a great way to get my feet wet without getting overwhelmed. The eProject shows how to create raised designs and drawings on the surface of these thin pieces of carbon steel, and then I can use them to roll patterns onto other metals, paper–for a mixed media painting or collage, or even keep them as is for my own handcrafted jewelry. Cha-ching. Wish me luck or even do the project with me and let me know what your experience brings. To Rembrandt!