An original, hand-pulled print from an aluminium etching plate
Hand-made etching print on 300gsm Hahnemühle Etching Paper, unbleached, natural, slightly off-white. One of the finest papers in the World. Carbon black / linseed oil traditional etching ink, a pure, un-tinted, deep black. Paper has four deckle edges (hand-torn, rough but perfectly straight edges) signed in pencil, and numbered in the margin.
This was made by covering an aluminium plate with a greasy layer known as etching ground, which is baked at high temperature to solidify it into something like hardened wax. The design of the feather is then drawn through this ground using a sharply pointed scriber, a pen-like steel needle. The plate is then immersed in a corrosive solution which burns the design into the metal plate. Selective applications of corrosive solution give shading and tone. The metal plate is cleaned, to remove all traces of the printing ground, then inked, and rolled through an etching press in contact with dampened paper. The etching press exerts thousands of pounds pressure forcing the ink from the plate into the paper. You can see the impression of the printing plate "stamped" into the print.