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Inspired by my visit to the Southern Hemisphere which included a stop at one of the many Falkland Islands; a beautiful part of this world with unique habitats. This Rock Hopper Penguin is the fifth of a series of small penguin original hand made prints I have been working on. These small penguins no higher than your knee seem to exude character and determination.

The print is made by creating and painting the image by hand in an oil based medium on a metal plate which is then etched by dipping in acid. Where the acid etches the plate away, grooves are left for the ink; as shown in the secondary image. Zoom in to see the bubbles rising off the metal plate! The plate is then individually hand inked and wiped for each print giving each print their own individual character with none of them being exactly the same. The metal plate is then covered with dampened paper and run through the press which puts immense pressure on the paper that is pushed into the lines of the plate and lifts out the ink. The print is then dried flat in acid free tissue under weights for a few days.

Materials used:

Oil based etching ink on Somerset paper 250gsm

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Rock Hopper Penguin - new hand made etching/aquatint. (2015)


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