This little coaltit is a native of my childhood home of Northern Ireland. I met this one while visiting my mum in 2012. I do miss the birds from home, but Australia has such a dazzling array of birdlife that I don't dwell on their absence too much. Although, just enough to make a few little etchings to remind me of home.
It is an original dry point etching, inked up by hand and pulled through my mini printing press on Hahnemulhe cotton rag paper.
Image Size - 5 x 5cm
Paper Size - 11.5 x 15 cm
Edition Size - 20
Coaltit, Dry Point Etching
A dry point etching is a print made from a plate (often copper, but can also be acetate, zinc, aluminium etc) that has been directly scratched into with a sharp point. The plate is then inked up by rubbing thick ink all over the plate. The excess ink is wiped away leaving the ink only in the scratched lines. The plate is then placed onto a press bed with dampened paper on top and felt blankets to cusion the work. It is all pulled through pressured rollers and the ink is transfered from the plate onto the paper. For each subsequent print the inking up process has to be repeated.
I ship express post with tracking for all my original etchings within Australia. Each piece of work is packaged with protective foamcore or for larger pieces rolled and posted in a tube.