ABSTRACT,  NON REPRESENTATIONAL ETCHINGS
Limited edition soft ground etchings drawn using soft ground technique and hand printed from copper plates.


COLIN BAILEY
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
ABSTRACT
Soft Ground etchings

10 etchings
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ABSTRACT ETCHINGS
A new series of limited edition etchings exploring a complex range of ideas that encompass science, philosophy and possibly even politics and plays fast and loose with preconceptions of scale and perspective, order and chaos and accident and design.
Starting out as larger pencil drawing these etchings use soft ground to replicate the marks of graphite on paper.
SOFT GROUND ETCHING
This variation of etching differs from what mainstream etching in that the wax resist rolled over the copper plate to protect it from the acid never sets. Hard ground has to be removed with a fine point or needle and the print is characterised by fine lines; tones are conveyed by a parallel or criss crossing lines (hatching) and depth (controlled by the length of time the plate is bitten). Soft ground is far closer to the natural action of drawing with a pencil. Thin paper or tissue is laid over the wax ground and the image is drawn with a pencil - the texture of the paper presses into the wax and when it is removed the wax will stick to the paper leaving the drawn lines on the plate exposed to the acid. A limited amount of tonal control can be achieved by the pressure of drawing and this can then be overdrawn and bitten further.

WHAT IS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT?
The terms Limited Edition Print, Original Print, and Reproduction Print are often confusing. Printing has always been associated with the mass production of the written word or image and so the phrase original print seems a contradiction in terms.
Printmaking as a form of fine art has become distinctly separate from printing as the process of reproducing multiple images.  
Printmaker is the term used to describe an artist who works directly with the medium that will be printed from; as opposed to reproducing an image created in another medium.
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ARTIST’S LIMITED EDITION PRINTS FOR SALE BY UK PRINTMAKER
All original etchings on this site are drawn, etched and hand pulled by Colin Bailey.
All reproduction giclee prints on this site are scanned from Colin Bailey’s own original paintings and printed by Colin Bailey.
WHAT ARE ETCHINGS?
Etching is one of the oldest and most satisfying forms of printmaking and in the hands of a expert can deliver intricacies of line and tone unrivalled by any other printing process.
Etchings are the prints produced by etching an image on a copper or zinc plate, using acid, filling the textures of the image with ink and then printing it on to paper by running it through a heavy press.
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WEAPONS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION
Limited edition soft ground etching  
12” x 8”  Edition of 40
Unframed: £140
BASKET CASE
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
CORNER GAME
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
CISCO
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
TUNNEL VISION
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
BIRD ON A WIRE
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
CAPISCUM
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
PISTOLS AT DAWN
Limited edition abstract etching  
12’ x 8  Edition of 25
Unframed: £140
WHY?
Limited edition abstract etching  
4.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 25
Unframed: £75