i. In recent weeks I’ve been increasingly frustrated with my tendency to over or under-wipe my etching plates. Over-wiping leads to patchy or pale areas of aquatint and under-wiping leads to overly grey prints. This week I worked closely with artist and technician Brian Hodgson to improve my technique and spent both days printing the same image (a recently-adjusted etching of my mum) again and again. By late morning on the Thursday I felt like I had cracked it and successfully printed (without assistance) half a dozen identical prints full of rich velvety blacks, bright whites and various greys in-between. I will try and exhibit/sell this print in the Bath Society of Artists show in May. Brian seemed pleased and I was delighted. It’s this sort of technical assistance that I can only get at college - a week well spent.