my favorite bird, they are such funny little things, very clever and present!
a handprinted aquatint etching; this means that I have drawn the image, through a varnish, onto a copper plate, I then immerse the copper plate in acid, and the acid "bites" into the copper where I have removed the varnish. When the plate is done, and this takes a while, as most copper plates go in the acid several times, with me adding more detail and aquatint (gives dark tones) I ink the copper plate up for each print I make, you can only print once per inking. Once the ink and paper has dried I sign, title and number each print. As etchings are real hands on printmaking, printmaker are allowed to call their prints original prints, and etchings are very collectible. A great way to start an art collection!
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.
I print the blackbird in a short edition of only 60 prints, each print is numbered and signed by me. Please note you might not receive the number in the photograph.
The etching is printed on a piece of warm white heavy printmaking paper, perfect for the image,
the paper measures 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm)
and the actual images measures 6" x 9" (16 cm x 23 cm)
I'll mail your etching carefully wrapped and it comes with a nice "Original Print by Mariann Johansen-Ellis" sticker and a leaflet explaining what an etching is. If you are giving the etchings away as a gift, let me know and I'll giftwrap for you!
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