Intaglio prints are created from metal plates, either scratched into or etched with acid. I force a viscous ink (about the consistency of oil paint) into grooves, scratches, etched lines or indentations that I create with a variety of etching tools. I then wipe the polished surface clean using a loosely woven cloth, followed by newsprint, leaving ink only below the plate level. After covering the plate with a dampened paper and felt blankets, I run it through a press where great pressure (approximately 8 tons per square inch) pushes the paper down into the engraved or etched grooves to pick up ink. In intaglio we see printed the ink that was below the surface of the plate and is now embossed on the paper. For a two color print, two plates are used and the print is run through the press twice.