METHODS – Etchings

An etching (intaglio print) is created by incising a line and/or texture into a plate. The ink is rubbed into these crevices and then the flat surface of the plate is wiped, leaving the ink in the grooves. When the plate is printed under the pressure of an etching press, the ink is squeezed from the etched areas onto the damp paper, creating the image. Etchings are often created in editions. New technology exists for creating less toxic intaglio prints, including light sensitive polymer plates.

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