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National Non-Toxic Printmaking Invitational


Intaglio

An image or tonal area is printed from lines or textures scratched or etched into a metal plate. The plate is inked, wiped, and run through a press with moistened paper, which is forced down into the inked recessions, thus transferring a reversed image. Types of intaglio include etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, and aquatint. Traditional etching requires exposure to toxic chemicals and materials. The recent development of non-toxic chemical etchants by Friedhard Kiebeken has greatly increased the safety of intaglio.

Types of Intaglio