PROTEA by Mark Lloyd Williams. Hand pulled etching on paper
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IMAGE = 59 X 39cm
PAPER = 75 X 55CM
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Print is mounted on thick, bevel-cut mountboard in a hand made solid pine frame, stained black with a smooth waxed wood finish.
Overall frame size is 95 X 75cm. Glazed using optical grade acrylic. This material is fast becoming the standard preferred by most galleries and museums over glass because it's stronger, safer and offers more UV protection.
All the framing bits are already attached in the back.
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 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.