Category Archive: Engraving

Recreating a set of Elizabethan Trenchers: an Introduction

Part of the appeal of researching early methods of print production is the possibility of recreating objects which use prints as part of their decoration or function. With this in mind, I decided… Continue reading

Printing an intaglio matrix without a press

The first intaglio prints appeared in Europe around the 1430’s, and yet it is commonly agreed that the intaglio (roller) press was not developed until the 1460’s. For a detailed account of the… Continue reading

Suite of Methods V: Making a Metalcut Matrix

Metalcut – a brief background The production of a Metalcut is a very interesting process in both the making of the matrix and the printing, for in effect, it combines elements from both… Continue reading

Suite of Methods II: Making an Engraved Matrix

Engraving – a brief background The earliest engravings to be printed on paper began to appear in the 1430’s, with the first extant prints using this process attributed to an artist known as… Continue reading

A Suite of Methods: An Introduction

Any form of art which has a physical presence (which means I am excluding purely digital and electronic art) has, by its nature, texture and depth, and a world of technical information which… Continue reading

Making A Dauber

In the intaglio process, a dauber – also called a dabber, or sometimes a dolly or poupee, especially if it is very small, or used in the ‘a la poupee’ process – is… Continue reading

Intaglio printing process

In the intaglio method of printing, we are talking about using a matrix which has the image below the surface. When ready for printing, ink sits in the lines below the surface of… Continue reading

File your edges

First process/phrase off the rank refers to a step in the intaglio method of printing. When we talk about intaglio plates in a historical sense, they’re made from metal in some form. Copper… Continue reading