Developing a draft

in my art-studio

 

 

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1  Developing a draft

2  Cutting up the plate

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4  I cover the plate with etching ground
    to protect it from the acid

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5  I copy the major lines of the draft
    into the plate

6  I engrave the lines of the draft on the
    etching ground of the plate with a fine
    etching needle...

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7  ...and thereby uncover the metal beneath.
    As soon as the composition has gained the
    desired shape, the first etching bath
    follows

8  Before dipping in the plate I protect the
    edges and the back of it. The duration of the
    acid bathing depends on the effect I want
    to achieve

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9  I take a sample print to find aut the effect.
    I remove the edging ground from the plate

10  I give the whole plate a coat of printing
      ink and take off the superfluous ink
      with a gauze...

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11  ...until I get a greyish shade of the plate,
      which serves as a background colouring

12  I put the prepared plate in the bed of the
      press, lay a moistened printing paper
      on it....

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13  ...and cover it all with the printing felt.

14  Now everything is prepared for the
      printing itself

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15  The printed sheets are dried between
      wood fibre cardboard...

16  ...and the etching is completed

3  I file the edges smooth