my blue favorite mug, with springflowers!
a handprinted aquatint etching; I ink up the copperplate for each print pulled, this means that each print will have small differences to the next. I hope you treasure this as a sign of individuality and part of what makes an original print an original. I use first class papers and ink to give my work the best possible longevity.
Aquatint is a technique where deep tones can be achieved on an etching, it involves rosin, that gets melted onto the copperplate with the help of a burner, when immersed in the acid in stages, it gives lovely rich tones on the copper plate.
If you would like to see me make and print an etching, go to
and search under my name, I have a whole bunch of films there.
"a cup of Spring" is printed in an edition of only 65 prints,
please be aware that I can't guarantee that you get the number on the photo......
Each print is numbered, titled and signed by me.
the aquatint etching is printed on a piece of warm white heavy printmaking paper, perfect for the image,
the paper measures 8" x 12" (21 cm x 30 cm - A4) and fits in a standard frame
and the actual image measures 6" x 5" (12cm x 16 cm)
I'll mail your etching in a padded envelope, the print is placed on a piece of backing, wrapped in cellophane and comes with a nice "Original Print by Mariann Johansen-Ellis" sticker and a leaflet explaining what an etching is. If you are giving the etching away as a gift, let me know and I'll wrap it in a nice piece of paper for you!
Thank you for looking in my shop and very welcome back!
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