I need some advice from members with experience in soft/hard ground etching, and/or aluminium plate lithography. I'm planning to do a printmaking course early next year, and I need to choose between these two processes, and I'm having difficulty working out which one will best suit me.
I've been researching both but I'm feeling overwhelmed wading through all the information about the different processes and chemicals etc.
I know there are various chemicals involved in both processes, and it seems some might be more difficult to work with at home than others, and toxicity is a big consideration for me.
I'm fairly new to printmaking and have so far only done drypoint on my little A4 sized press at home. I want to learn a new method that I can still do on a small scale at home, but that produces longer lasting plates than drypoint, and I also want more of a 'drawing' feel when working on the plate than I get with scratching drypoints.
My goal is to be able to create prints from my drawings, and I'm leaning towards plate lithography as the directness of drawing onto the plate with a litho pencil or crayon appeals to me, but I'm not sure if this would be all that different from drawing into soft/hard ground in etching, as I've never done that either.
Thanks in advance for any wisdom anyone might be able to impart