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Etchings and Engravings by Vincent Matthews ASGFA
Etching is a very traditional, skilful and time consuming process of drawing into a waxed metal plate and then immersing it into a diluted acid, which etches the lines into the metal. Once the wax is removed, the plate can be inked-up and cleaned, then used to print on to paper through a press, printing only the lines/areas that have been etched. There are various techniques that one can use such as soft or hard ground wax, stopping out with varnish, aquatinting (a resin based powder coating that can give a nice painterly finish) and painting with an acid, which all give different effects. Etching enables the artist to produce a limited batch of original prints.
Engraving onto copper/metal is an older and more time consuming intaglio printmaking medium, which involves using specialist sharp tools, such as scorpers, burins, etc., to sculpt the lines and marks of different widths directly onto the plate. It allows a much broader range of marks than etching and also permits one to place lines very close together, as no acid is involved to 'over bite' them out. It involves a steady hand, lots of patience, as it cannot be rushed because of the risk of accidently scoring across the plate. It suits my love of detailed drawing and patient determination. Printing an engraving uses the same process described above for etchings.
Etching - Print on Paper