Wednesday, 30 October 2013

#474 In the studio: Etching, the process, con't . . .

Start this series with Post # 470, October 16, 2013.

Next, the plate has been bitten or etched by the acid, the varnish ground is
removed with solvent and the plate is ready for printing.

Below, ink is forced into the etched lines of the cleaned plate with a rounded, leather dabber . . .
all lines of the etched drawing are filled with the thick ink.

Below, using a swirling motion, the ink is carefully wiped off of the plate surface with netting, called tarlatan,
which leaves the bitten lines full of ink.  The plate in now ready to go to the etching press.
This process is repeated for each individual print.

Blog, text, photos, drawings, and sculpture . . . © Sandy Scott

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