'Equus' is a limited edition sugar lift aquatint etching. Printed onto Somerset Satin 250gsm acid free etching paper, with Cranfield Caligo safe wash oil-based ink. Signed and numbered on the front. This is a limited edition of 25 prints.
Sugar lift etching involves first painting the design onto the metal plate in a sugary substance. Once dry this is covered with a 'hard ground'. The plate can then be placed in hot water and where the sugary substance was applied the ground will come away to reveal the plate below. The plate is then emersed traditionally in acid, but in my case I use the less dangerous alternative of copper sulphate, in order to etch the image into the metal.
Below you can see a short video of the process I followed for this etching:
Below you can see some of the key stage of the process:
Top Left: First I added a dynamic line etch.
Top Right: The plate was then covered in a sugar lift mixture where I wanted the horse to be black, and this in turn was covered with a layer of hard ground.
Bottom Left: Once the sugar lift had been removed with hot water, I added more hard ground to stop out the sketeton which I wanted to remain white, and etched in the Copper Sulphate.
Bottom Right: The final etched plate.
And here is the finished print. Printed onto Somerset Satin 250gsm acid free paper with oil-based ink.
This is a limited edition of 25 prints.
Actual print size: 25 x 20cm
Paper size: 33 x 28.5cm (aprox)