Please browse through my gallery by clicking on the
numbered frames above.
intagliare (Italian - to carve, cut, incise)
A copper plate is covered with a hard ground which is an acid-resistant
coating made of beeswax, rosin and asphaltum. The ground protects the plate,
but the stylus will penetrate it.
Lines are drawn through the ground exsposing the metal. The plate is
immersed in an acid bath, incising the lines into the plate. The process
can be repeated until the desired results are achieved. Aquatint adds tone
and depth. Engraving, by hand, is another means to affect the image.
After the ground is removed, the plate is inked, filling in the lines
and crevices. The surface of the plate is wiped with a taleton, a starched
cheesecloth or muslin material. Finally, the plate and moistened paper
are pulled through an etching press, which, by great pressure, transfers
the ink from the plate to the paper. Each print is an original as they
are printed one at a time on Rives B.F.K. 100% rag paper, then signed and
numbered. The matte is acid free.
All that I own is a print,
An etching, a mezzotint.