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New Holland Honeyeaters

New Holland Honeyeaters

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New Holland Honeyeaters

I’ve been seeing a lot of New Holland Honeyeaters around lately. Maybe it’s a ‘spring is in the air’ sort of thing. This piece was a bit experimental, trying out a largish sheet of aluminium which didn’t have a super polished finish, instead it was just rolled metal. I decided to sandpaper the background to give a textured tone because I couldn’t get the crisp white background that polished metal gives. I have quite a few videos of the process for this piece which I’ll post links on here. 

Making New Holland Honeyeaters

Link to video here - https://www.instagram.com/p/CC5S2C_jPE4/ 

This video shows my experiments and decisions about the background. 

This

Link to video here - https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7SocIj0do/

More talking about my process and reasons why.

 

the reveal

Link to video here - https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7UsZyDTQV/

The proof reveal. It's always very exciting making a proof and lifting the paper for the first time. A proof is when you ink up the plate and print it to see what it looks like. Sometimes the plate needs more working into, other times it's more about getting the colours right. For me in this instance I made a proof midway through making the plate just to see if what i was doing was working as it was a time consuming process and I didn't want to continue if it wasn't going to print well. 

working

Link to video here - https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7UsZyDTQV/

Here I have decided I am happy with the way things are going so I continue making the plate. This is 40 minutes spread up to just under 4 minutes. Making a plate is sometimes a long process!

 

You may remember on Instagram I asked my audience their opinion on the colour. I just couldn't decide! I had tried inking it up in dark sepia, green and blue. Although the green was a very popular choice I ended up making the sepia colour lighter and used that. I had a giveaway to win the first piece in the edition, did you enter?! The winner was Deb from Gumeracha, congratulations Deb! Be sure to keep an eye on my instagram and facebook pages for more giveaways as well as sign up to my mailing list for early access to new works and other info. 

This piece is now available for purchase in a small edition of only 8. Link here - https://bridgetfarmerprintmaker.com/collections/etchings/products/new-holland-honeyeaters-original-etchingNew Holland Honeyeaters

 

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