Materials & Techniques

Etching (printmaking)

Etching occurs through a chemical reaction, and thus requires a metal plate to be prepared with an acid-resistant material called a ground. A design is drawn on the ground with an etching needle to expose the metal. When immersed in an acidic bath, exposed areas of the plate are dissolved in a process called biting. After removing the ground, ink is applied to the crevasses and wiped from the plate's smooth areas.

Excerpt from

Emily Schiller, Visions of America exhibition gallery text, 2016.

Web Resources

Inside Albrecht Dürer's Studio- Etching
Watch this demonstration and explanation of the engraving process created by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for the exhibition, The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer (November 14, 2010- March 13, 2011).