The art of etching

Hard ground can be applied in two ways. Again, no solvents are needed beyond the soda ash solution, though a ventilation hood is needed due to acrylic particulates from the air brush spray.

The wiping leaves ink in the incisions. This will show the printmaker the different degrees or depths of the etch, and therefore the strength of the ink color, based upon how long the plate is left in the acid. For aquatinting a printmaker will often use a test strip of metal about a centimetre to three centimetres wide.

Stronger acid and longer exposure produce more deeply bitten lines. The etching process is known as biting see also spit-biting below. An early innovation was the use of floor wax as a hard ground for coating the plate.

The Art of Etching

If copper or zinc plates are used, then the plate surface is left very clean and therefore white in the print. The ground will then be removed from the strip and the strip inked up and printed. The slight swelling variation caused by the natural movement of the hand "warms up" the line, and although hardly noticeable in any individual line, has a very attractive overall effect on the finished plate.

After the ground has hardened the artist "smokes" the plate, classically with 3 beeswax tapers, applying the flame to the plate to darken the ground and make it easier to see what parts of the plate are exposed.

Soft-ground etching uses a special softer ground.

There are two common types of ground: You may also use a folded piece of organza silk to do the final wipe. An "echoppe" point can be made from an ordinary tempered steel etching needle, by grinding the point back on a carborundum stone, at a 45—60 degree angle. For aquatinting a printmaker will often use a test strip of metal about a centimetre to three centimetres wide.

I am interested in the transfer of thoughts, memories and moods into a two-dimensional form and structure, which make them visible and perceivable.

The "echoppe" works on the same principle that makes a fountain pen's line more attractive than a ballpoint's: The wiping leaves ink in the incisions. Rembrandt experimented with this process, allowing the ink to partially remain on the plates after each pressing.

Printmakers from the German-speaking lands and Central Europe perfected the art and transmitted their skills over the Alps and across Europe. The artist places a piece of paper or cloth etc.

The plate may be aquatinted for this purpose or exposed directly to the acid. A damp piece of paper is placed over the plate and it is run through the press.

Once applied the etching plate is removed from the hot-plate and allowed to cool which hardens the ground. As a result, steel plates do not need aquatinting as gradual exposure of the plate via successive dips into acid will produce the same result.

How Rembrandt van Rijn Changed the Art of Etching Forever

After the soft ground has dried the printmaker may apply materials such as leaves, objects, hand prints and so on which will penetrate the soft ground and expose the plate underneath. Since then many etching techniques have been developed, which are often used in conjunction with each other: Historically, the great masters of etching, Rembrandt and Goya, have particularly inspired me.

Longer term I am preparing for a solo exhibition in This will show the printmaker the different degrees or depths of the etch, and therefore the strength of the ink color, based upon how long the plate is left in the acid.

Like engravingetching is an intaglio technique. Intaglio refers to all printing and printmaking techniques that involve making indents or incisions into a plate or print surface which hold the ink when ink is applied to the surface and then wiped clean.

The traditional aquatint, which uses either powdered rosin or enamel spray paint, is replaced with an airbrush application of the acrylic polymer hard ground.

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Lumsden, the renowned etcher, Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and author of the article on etching technique in the Encyclopaedia Brittanica 14th editionwas unsurpassed in his knowledge of the metho This is the first inexpensive republication of probably the finest work on the techniques of etching, drypoint, soft-ground etching, aquatint, and the allied arts.

An Augsburg horse armour in the German Historical MuseumBerlindating to between andis decorated with motifs from Hopfer's etchings and woodcutsbut this is no evidence that Hopfer himself worked on it, as his decorative prints were largely produced as patterns for other craftsmen in various media.

Fifty-five figures in the text illustrate each implement and each phase in the process, while 24 annotated plates of etchings by the author exemplify every technique and approach that he discusses.

In contrast to other types of print graphics, e.

The art of etching

The plate heats up and the ground is applied by hand, melting onto the plate as it is applied. The choice of the form — abstract, figurative or somewhere in between is secondary.Etching is a printmaking technique that uses chemical action to produce incised lines in a metal printing plate which then hold the applied ink and form the image.

THE ORIGINS OF ETCHINGS. Etching was first popularized in the 15 th century, with artists such as Albrecht Dürer employing the method.

The process has its origins in the armorer’s trade, where it was used to add elaborate patterns to swords and armor, but. Shop for etching art from the world's greatest living artists.

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Etching definition, the act or process of making designs or pictures on a metal plate, glass, etc., by the corrosive action of an acid instead of by a burin. See more. the art, act, or process of preparing etched surfaces or of printing designs from them; an etched plate; an.

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