Tea, etching with chine colle, 9″ x 6″, 2010

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 use, except that my ground is acrylic, rather than asphalt and wax, because the acrylic does not require toxic solvents, and I use ferric chloride instead of acid (again, because it is safer).

What is an Etching? | 2011 | Techniques | Tags: , , , | Comments (0)

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