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Intaglio Prints

Intaglio prints are varied and versatile and include techniques to enhance detail and tone. Such techniques include engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint, and mezzotint. All intaglio prints, however, share one particular characteristic: they have an indentation in the paper called a plate mark, left as a result of the press pushing the surface of the plate into the damp paper.

Intaglio fine printmaking describes the process of incising lines into a surface, usually a copper or zinc metal plate through chemical or mechanical means. Thick printing ink is then applied to the surface, and the incised lines hold the ink that will be used to create the resulting image.

Next, excess ink is wiped from the surface, and then pressure is applied to squeeze the ink from the grooves in the... Read more

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