Posts Tagged ‘printmaking’


Making of an Etching, Pt. 3 (Softground)

August 3, 2011

Normally at this point I’d either be adding an aquatint to the existing etching plate, or creating one of two additional plates to use for color printing.  Both of those will yet come in Parts Four and Five, but first I’ve taken a little detour to add a Soft Ground to the plate. In Part […]

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Making of an Etching, Pt. 2

July 31, 2011

In Part 1 I began the process of creating an etching by drawing on a coated copper plate.  The next step is to etch the plate and then ink it up and pull a proof.  (Tragically, this chapter suffers a bit from lower image quality.  I had to borrow someone’s not-very-good cellphone camera.) First the […]

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Making of an Etching, Pt 1.

July 28, 2011

Many people express an interest in the process of creating an etching.  Over the next few days I will document this process from almost the beginning to the final trial proof. We begin already slightly into the process.  I’ve cut a piece of copper, bevelled the edges, and coated it with the hard ground–a blue-tinted […]

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Tea, etching with selective wipe, 9" x 6", 2006

What is an Etching?

July 17, 2011

Etching is an intaglio printmaking process.  It goes back to the 15th/16th century. One of the most famous earlier practitioners was the Dutch artist, Rembrandt.  The Rembrandt Museum, in the Netherlands, has a lovely little Flash animation that gives a visual overview of how an etching is made here. This is basically the same process I […]

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