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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

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

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

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