Beginnings is a drypoint print with an astronomy theme. It comes in a tiny edition of 2 in red-brown. There is also one Artist Proof (AP) in black. They were all printed on Somerset 250gsm paper. I have signed, and where appropriate, numbered all of them.
The inspiration for the image comes from Hubble Telescope images showing stars and clouds of dust in space. I love these images and regularly feature them in my Twitter feed. They have inspired several prints like this one plus many other images with a science or astronomy theme.
This image is 120 mm x 120 mm (5″ x 5″) square. The mount is 10″ x 10″ frame (about 250 mm x 250 mm), with a backing piece and all packed in a cello bag. All materials used are pH neutral and archival quality.
The mount and frame shown have been generated in software. The price you pay is for the print and mount only.
What is drypoint?
Drypoint is a printmaking technique in which the image is created by incising into a plate (or “matrix”) with a hard-pointed “needle.” The method is similar to engraving, although in drypoint the raised ridge or “burr” along the furrow is not scraped or filed away, but retained. This helps to create the characteristic soft line of drypoints compared to the clean lines of engraving.
Traditionally the plate would be made from copper, but acetate, zinc, or perspex are now commonly used. The plate for this print is a sheet of acetate.
See Wikipedia for more information.