Tag Archive: intaglio printing press

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 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

Suite of Methods III: Making a Drypoint Matrix

Drypoint – a brief background The appearance of drypoint as an intaglio method in its own right, in pre-1600 Europe, is somewhat fleeting. Its use as a way of correcting or enhancing another… 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

The Intaglio Studio and Press

Here is a delightful engraving of the interior of an Intaglio (specifically, an engraver’s) studio, showing a wealth of detail. It was produced after Jan Van Der Straet, also known as Johannes Stradanus,… Continue reading

Flashback: Plate is Proof Shirt 2000

A friend of mine commissioned me to design a shirt for a protest back in 2000. As part of the rules of a re-enactment group, the decision was made that plate armour would… 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