This little bird is a combination of a very simple mono print and a dry point etching. Because of the mono print, the colour underneath is bird is the same, and yet very different.
First I placed a plate of toughened glass over the etching and painted a yellow bird shape.
Inked plate before printing.
Then I ran it through the press.
After running the plate through the press.
Little bird layer 1.
Then the prints went for a bath to make the paper wet for the etch print.
The etching plate after printing.
Finished Little bird.
The final image is small and simple, but effective.
Yes I know more bees. When I get an idea stuck in my head it sticks and the only way to get it out is to draw and draw and then draw some more.
I’m going to use one or two of these as the basis for a dry point etch, probably with a mono print background. Although that is still up in the air!
Images don’t always work out as they are supposed to. Still thinking about bees, my latest sketch is a bee on a hive. It has some good points, but as you can see the bee is a little lost. In hindsight, I should have sketched this in colour, with black, brown and yellow layers to help separate the bee from the honey comb background. It has potential though.
There is nothing better on a Sunday afternoon than tea, cake and a bit of life drawing.
pen and ink.
Pen and ink.