MICHAEL LEUNIG

Holley Fool

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New release limited edition etching engraving print run of 50 and only $500, this will move quickly, classical Michael Leunig titled Holley Fool etching is handmade and a fine art print depicting – Leunig, the duck, birds, the tree, this Holley Fool series is one of Leuing’s special series that has brought delight to many who have read his book Holley Fool.

Holley Fool limited edition fine art print at Etching House November 2013.

Holley Fool edition 50 only, image size is 15cm x 11mm, sheet is 315 x 250mm.

 

Limited edition fine art handmade engraving or etching prints by Michael Leunig should not to be confused with giclee inkjet reproduction prints, please see below some explanations as to what is an engraving and etching.

Etching and engraving are both forms of intaglio printing, which is defined by the cutting of lines into a flat surface. Although the method of producing these lines is different, the printing process is identical. The plate is inked and wiped clean, leaving ink only in the etched or engraved lines. The plate is then pressed against a sheet of paper to transfer the inked image. The deeper the line, the more ink it holds and the darker it prints. Etchings and engravings both print in reverse, so the artist must draw the image in reverse when working with these media.

 

Etching and engraving are both methods of cutting lines into a hard surface, such as metal. The primary difference between them is that engraving is a physical process and etching is a chemical process. An engraver uses sharp tools to cut lines directly into a surface, while an etcher burns lines into a surface with acid.

Hand engraving which is a method of decorating metal with text and images is an ancient art. For centuries, hand engravers have used sharp metal tools to draw directly onto jewellery, guns, silverware and other items; the inscriptions frequently seen on the inside of wedding rings are a familiar example. Print engraving dates back to the mid-1400s, and was the dominant method of artistic printing until it was superseded by etching in the early 17th century. It takes considerable strength and skill to cut furrows into metal plates; because etching requires much less effort, many artists switched to that medium when it became widely available. However, print engraving remained a common commercial method of reproducing artwork until the advent of photography.

In the simplest form of etching, the artist covers a copper or steel plate with a layer of wax and then scratches a design through the wax with etching tools. When the design is finished, the artist dips the plate into an acid bath, which eats away any exposed metal. The same basic principle applies to other forms of etching. In glass etching, for example, artists put acid-resistant designs on glass and then apply a hydrofluoric acid solution. The acid attacks the unprotected glass, leaving it with a frosted appearance that reveals the etched design. Hobbyists use a very similar process to create electronic circuit boards.

Line Quality because engraving creates a very hard, thin line, engraved prints tend to have crisp edges and sharp details that most other printing methods can’t achieve. For this reason, engraving is an ideal method for printing currency. Etching, by contrast, tends to produce a fuzzier line; this happens because the acid burns laterally under the wax, created a wider and rougher line than the artist originally drew. Also, because the artist doesn’t have to exert as much force on an etching plate, etchings tend to have a softer, more fluid line closer to that of freehand drawing. Fine artists — historical and modern — often combine etching and engraving in a single artwork, which produces a wider range of visual effects.

 

 

 

 

Michael Leunig Fine art Limited edition Etching and Engraving Prints available from Etching House

Engraving prints available from Etching House are titled –

Arm full of Life image size 18×22.5cm rag paper sheet size is 35x37cm edition 90

Song 18×22.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Boots and all 19.5×14.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Cat Bop 20x25cm rag paper sheet size is 45x38cm edition 90

Catkin 23x175cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Friend’s 23×18.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Friend’s II 23×18.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Happy Day 22.5×18.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Holly Fool 15x11cm rag paper sheet size is 31.5x25cm edition 50

Lullaby 22.5×18 rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

New Tune 22.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Night Cat 23×19 rag paper sheet size is 45x38cm edition 90

Safe Journey 22x20cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm Edition 90

Friendly Face 23×17.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Sweet Mischief 22.5cmx18.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cm edition 90

Sweet Mischief II 22.5cmx18.5cm rag paper sheet size is 46x38cmedition 90

Life Boat 21x16cm rag paper sheet size is 46×37.5cm edition 90

Life Boat II 21x16cm rag paper sheet size is 46×37.5cm edition 90

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