The art of etching

The plate may be aquatinted for this purpose or exposed directly to the acid. Soft ground also comes in liquid form and is allowed to dry but it does not dry hard like hard ground and is impressionable. Some of the earliest printmaking workshops experimenting with, developing and promoting nontoxic techniques include Grafisk Eksperimentarium, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Edinburgh Printmakers, in Scotland, and New Grounds Print Workshopin Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The traditional soft ground, requiring solvents for removal from the plate, is replaced with water-based relief printing ink. In the 19th and early 20th century, the Etching revival produced a host of lesser artists, but no really major figures. Foul biting results from accidental or unintentional erosion of the acid resist.

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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.

Carbograph etching was invented in and yields an image like that of a charcoal drawing: The traditional aquatint, which uses either powdered rosin or enamel spray paint, is replaced with an airbrush application of the acrylic polymer hard ground.

For aquatinting a printmaker will often use a test strip of metal about a centimetre to three centimetres wide. Hard ground can be applied in two ways. This comes in a can and is applied with a brush upon the plate to be etched. An "echoppe" point can be made from an ordinary tempered steel etching needle, by grinding the point back on a carborundum stone, The art of etching a 45—60 degree angle.

Apart from his prints, there are two proven examples of his work on armour: Etching and aquatint A piece of matte board, a plastic "card", or a wad of cloth is often used to push the ink into the incised lines. Example of etching During the etching process the printmaker uses a bird feather or similar item to wave away bubbles and detritus produced by the dissolving process, from the surface of the plate, or the plate may be periodically lifted from the acid bath.

Solid hard ground comes in a hard waxy block. The metal strip will then be removed and the acid washed off with water. The etching process is known as biting see also spit-biting below. The etching power is a source of direct current. 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.

Nontoxic etching[ edit ] Growing concerns about the health effects of acids and solvents [11] [12] led to the development of less toxic etching methods [13] in the late 20th century. On the other hand, the handling of the ground and acid need skill and experience, and are not without health and safety risks, as well as the risk of a ruined plate.

Variants[ edit ] Aquatint uses acid-resistant resin to achieve tonal effects. Its great advantage was that, unlike engraving where the difficult technique for using the burin requires special skill in metalworking, the basic technique for creating the image on the plate in etching is relatively easy to learn for an artist trained in drawing.

Self-portrait etched by Wenceslaus Hollar Selection of early etched printing plates from the British Museum The process as applied to printmaking is believed to have been invented by Daniel Hopfer circa — of Augsburg, Germany. The ground can also be applied in a fine mist, using powdered rosin or spraypaint.

Others, such as printmakers Mark Zaffron and Keith Howard, developed systems using acrylic polymers as a ground and ferric chloride for etching. Soft-ground etching uses a special softer ground. 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.

The surface is wiped clean with a piece of stiff fabric known as tarlatan and then wiped with newsprint paper; some printmakers prefer to use the blade part of their hand or palm at the base of their thumb. An early innovation was the use of floor wax as a hard ground for coating the plate.

Anodic etching has been used in industrial processes for over a century.

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