An etching is a time-honored method of making prints from a copper or zinc metal plate. The plate is first coated with an acid resistant ground made of beeswax and resin, through which the artist draws the design with a sharp tool, exposing the raw metal.
The plate is then placed in nitric acid which eats away the drawing (exposed raw metal) forming recessed lines. These lines hold the ink and when moist paper is placed on the plate and run through a roller press, the inked design transfers to the paper, making a finished print or etching. There will be more about the etching process in an upcoming Blog.
Sandy's etchings are printed in a small editions and some are hand-tinted by the artist with transparent watercolor.