I have always loved exploring living animals against patterns in the same print. This print was inspired by the natural patterns found in bee hives. I love playing with this idea and exploring different combinations to make the print come alive and engage the viewer.
The Bees in this print were scratched directly into a copper plate using an Etching needle, while the wallpaper patterned was hand-painted onto the plate with a barrier to protect the covered areas as the plate was etched with chemicals to create the pattern. The plate was then inked, the excess ink wiped away, and paste was applied to the hand-painted paper pieces that make up the background. The hand-painted paper pieces were cut to exactly fit the plate around the image and aligned carefully onto the inked plate. The plate and paper were then put through the etching press together. The remaining ink in the grooves of the image is what printed onto the hand-painted paper when it was put through the etching press and the hand-painted paper adheres to the printmaking paper due to the paste. This technique created the colourful backgrounds for each coloured print in the edition of 15. None of these coloured prints in this edition are the same due to variations in the hand-painted backgrounds. It is printed with black oil-based ink on Stonehenge Archival Printmaking Paper.
This is a varied limited edition of 15 prints. Each print is signed and numbered.
This listing is for the unframed print.
Image size print: 4″h x 6″w