Etching - Etching style

Etching is an intaglio printmaking technique where lines or textures are created on a metal plate, often copper or zinc, using acid. A waxy or resinous ground is applied to the plate, and an image is drawn into the ground using a pointed tool, revealing the metal underneath. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath, which bites into the exposed areas, creating grooves that hold ink for printing. After etching, the ground is removed, and the plate is inked, wiped, and pressed onto paper, transferring the ink and creating the print. Etching allows for a wide range of line qualities and tonal effects, making it a versatile and expressive printmaking technique.