Men In Tights
Mixed Media - Etching - Printmaking
Men in Tights | Fine Art Etching by Colleen Kammerer
Digitally enhanced Etching----In pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy material, which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle, where he or she wants a line to appear in the finished piece, so exposing the bare metal. The plate is then dipped in a bath of acid, technically called the mordant (French for "biting") or has acid washed over it.The acid "bites" into the metal (it dissolves part of the metal) where it is exposed, leaving behind lines sunk into the plate. The remaining ground is then cleaned off the plate. The process is started again to get various layers of textures and tones. Once the design is finished, the plate is inked all over, and then the ink wiped off the surface, leaving only the ink in the etched lines.
The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it).The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print. The work on the plate can also be added to by repeating the whole process; this creates an etching which exists in more than one state.
January 18th, 2012
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