Category Archive: Etching

Recreating a set of Elizabethan Trencher: Outlining the Process

Following the introduction to this project, it occurred to me that setting out a rough outline of the process I’ve been involved in would be helpful. It hasn’t been linear, of course –… 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

Using beeswax as an intaglio ground

Whilst writing Making an Engraved Matrix a while ago, I briefly showed the method of using beeswax as a resist, or ground. I didn’t go into much detail, given that the topic of that… Continue reading

Degreasing your plate

Before a number of processes are carried out on a metal matrix, the process of degreasing is helpful. By thoroughly cleaning all dirt and oil from the surface, a better result can be… Continue reading

Copper in Aqua Fortis: Etching a Plate

Everyone loves a little movie, and everyone loves bubbles, right? This is the easiest (and most interesting) way to show the process of ‘biting’, or etching, a copper plate for intaglio printing. It’s… Continue reading

The Technique Freak Has a Challenging Week

AKA, how to triumph over the Devil, or his close relative, Almost Infinite Variables. Having explained the intaglio printing process in a previous post, it can be more easily understood that there are… Continue reading

Suite of Methods IV: Making an Etched Matrix

Etching – a brief background Current research in the historical print field has very recently pushed back the date for the first extant print produced by etching, with the identification of an intaglio… 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