(et) GIRAFFE UP AHEAD II – An original framed etching.


To produce an etching, I first start by doing a drawing. Once this is complete, I scratch the image on to a thin sheet of plexiglass using an etching needle, this becomes the etching plate. I cover the plate with etching ink which settles into the scratched grooves. I carefully wipe away the excess ink, leaving a small amount to cover the surface of the plate. I lay a slightly damp piece of 300g Acid Free Fabriano paper on top of the etching plate and then run the paper and the plate through a hand operated printing press. The pressure of the press forces the ink out of the grooves and on to the damp paper. It is an uncertain process subject to many mistakes and I am never sure what the result will be until it emerges from the press. If I have left too much ink on the plate, the result is too dark, if I haven’t left enough ink then I lose the characteristic ‘smokey’ effect of an etching. The plate will last for approximately 25 prints before it becomes clogged or damaged and no longer useable. For this etching, I have added the sun using gold leaf.

I took the photograph that provided the reference for this etching in the Skukuza region of the Kruger National Park.

Framed, limited edition dry point etching & gold leaf on 350g Acid Free Fabriano Paper.

Framed Size: 340mm x 270mm. (Etching size: 165mm x 110mm)

1 in stock

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 34 × 27 × 3.5 cm

Edward Bredenkamp


270mm x 340mm


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