For the last week of my Virtual Open Studio, I am showing you my etching press and offering a chance to acquire etchings at 1/3 off. The shipping is included.
Intaglio prints or "etchings" 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  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 take 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.

These are original prints, the plates are hand made, and the printing is done on a traditional press, one print at a time.

Please click on the individual images to see them larger and for more information.

 

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 Virtual Open Studio lV Two plate color etching
 Virtual Open Studio lV color etching and acquatint
 Virtual Open Studio lV color, etching and acquatint
 Virtual Open Studio lV etching and acquatint
 Virtual Open Studio lV 2 plate, color linocut
 Virtual Open Studio lV color etching and acquatint
 Virtual Open Studio lV etching and acquatint
 Virtual Open Studio lV etching and chine colle
 Virtual Open Studio lV 2 plate, color etching
 Virtual Open Studio lV color etching
 Virtual Open Studio lV 2 plate, color etching and acquatint
 Virtual Open Studio lV 2 plate, color etching and acquatint