Etching has been around for nearly
500 years. It is a type of engraving,
where ink is forced through tiny lines
and grooves that have been applied
to a copper plate (or in our case
plastic). A wet piece of paper is laid
onto the plate and forced through a
roller, which then creates a print.
Originally etching was used to
decorate armour in Medieval times.
Decorated parts of the armour were
filled in to give the designs a contrast.
Etching is the print-making
technique most closely associated
Your first task…
This week you need to create at least a double page on
one artist who has created etchings.
You can find your own Artist or use one on the
The page should include
1.Good quality images of the Artist’s work
2.Facts and opinions about the Artist (Use the ‘How to
write about Artists’ sheet for support)
3.A transcription of the Artist’s work.
What is Dry Point Etching …
Dry point etching is the modern
equivalent to etching. It is called dry
point because you create your
image by scratching into a surface
with a dry needle.
How to create a Dry Point Etching…
1. Draw into your plastic with a sharp
needle. This is called intaglio which
means cutting, carving or engraving
into a flat surface. You can use lots of
different mark-making techniques with
the needle to create different tones
2. You can create
rubbings on your
anything that has a
raised surface. You
create rubbings by
3. You can cut
out sections of
your plastic to
spaces and cut
out your etchings
and overlap them
with other ones.
4. You can also stick brown tape and
masking tape onto your etching to
create interesting textures like the
5. When applying the etching ink it
is recommended that you wear
plastic gloves. First apply a thin
layer of ink with a piece of
cardboard. Drag it over your
6. Use a piece of fabric or tissue
and push down and turn the ink.
You want to make sure all your
scratches are loaded with ink.
7. You can use newspaper or
tissue paper to clean all ink off
certain areas of your plastic.
8. Spray cartridge paper evenly with
water on both sides. Use paper
fingers to pick up your paper so
your don’t get any ink on it.
9. Sandwich your plastic (ink side
up) with your wet paper on top
between newspaper and put
through the printing press.
10. Place your finished etching
between paper and something
heavy to make sure it dries flat.