Etching has been around for nearly500 years. It is a type of engraving,where ink is forced through tiny linesand grooves that have been appliedto a copper plate (or in our caseplastic). A wet piece of paper is laidonto the plate and forced through aroller, which then creates a print.Originally etching was used todecorate armour in Medieval times.Decorated parts of the armour werefilled in to give the designs a contrast.Etching is the print-makingtechnique most closely associatedwith drawing.
Your first task…This week you need to create at least a double page onone artist who has created etchings.You can find your own Artist or use one on thePinterest website:http://pinterest.com/beaumontart/The page should include1.Good quality images of the Artist’s work2.Facts and opinions about the Artist (Use the ‘How towrite about Artists’ sheet for support)3.A transcription of the Artist’s work.
What is Dry Point Etching …Dry point etching is the modernequivalent to etching. It is called drypoint because you create yourimage by scratching into a surfacewith 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 and textures.
2. You can createrubbings on yourplastic fromanything that has araised surface. Youcreate rubbings byusing finesandpaper.3. You can cutout sections ofyour plastic tocreate whitespaces and cutout your etchingsand overlap themwith other ones.
4. You can also stick brown tape andmasking tape onto your etching tocreate interesting textures like theexamples below…
5. When applying the etching ink itis recommended that you wearplastic gloves. First apply a thinlayer of ink with a piece ofcardboard. Drag it over yourplastic.6. Use a piece of fabric or tissueand push down and turn the ink.You want to make sure all yourscratches are loaded with ink.7. You can use newspaper ortissue paper to clean all ink offcertain areas of your plastic.
8. Spray cartridge paper evenly withwater on both sides. Use paperfingers to pick up your paper soyour don’t get any ink on it.9. Sandwich your plastic (ink sideup) with your wet paper on topbetween newspaper and putthrough the printing press.10. Place your finished etchingbetween paper and somethingheavy to make sure it dries flat.