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Etching, Engraving and Other Intaglio Printmaking Techniquesby Ruth Leaf
Synopses & Reviews
Intaglio printmaking involves engraving or incising a figure in stone or other hard material to obtain an impression from the subsurface design. In this thorough handbook, a noted printmaker and teacher offers complete up-to-date coverage of etching, engraving, drypoint, and other well-known intaglio techniques, as well as such less-familiar methods as tuilegraphs, collagraphs, and transfers.
The first part of the book is devoted to a thorough introduction to materials and tools, printing equipment, papers, presses—even how to set up your workshop for maximum safety and efficiency. In Part Two, the author proceeds to a detailed discussion of etching techniques, including formulas for grounds and inks, aquatint, white ground, hard ground, soft ground, sugar lift, and acids.
Once familiar with basic etching techniques, the student is then given precise illustrated instructions in printing techniques, including basic printing, double intaglio printing (the author's own method); color printing and embossing, the viscosity method, and viscosity and aquatint. For each procedure, clear, step-by-step directions cover the process itself, materials and equipment required, and cleanup. An especially helpful "what went wrong" section at the end of each chapter diagnoses problems and offers solutions.
In Part 4 Ms. Leaf details other mediums and methods: drypoint, notable for its characteristic velvety dark lines; engraving, one of the earliest forms of expression known to man, dating back to prehistoric times; collagraphs, plates made in the same way as collages and then printed; and the Blake Transfer Method, adapted from a technique developed by the English artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827).
A final Appendix treats such ancillary topics as framing and matting prints, storage, agents, and where to sell and show your work. Enhanced with over 220 illustrations, including works by Rembrandt, Callot, Dürer, Goya, and Brueghel, and a wealth of illustrative figures and photographs, this precise and detailed manual belongs at the side of any serious printmaker, novice, or ink-stained veteran.
Dover (1984) unabridged republication of Intaglio Printmaking Techniques, originally published by Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1976.
Detailed illustrated instructions in etching, engraving, drypoint, tuilegraphs, collagraphs, other techniques. Also, tools, materials and equipment, papers, suppliers, etc.
Comprehensive handbook covers materials and equipment, tools, printing papers, presses, and other essentials. Detailed instructions for etching, engraving, drypoint, collagraphs, tuilegraphs, and the Blake transfer method.
Thorough, comprehensive handbook covers materials and equipment, tools, printing papers, presses, and other essentials. Detailed instructions for etching — hard ground, soft ground, aquatint, sugar lift — engraving, drypoint, collagraphs, tuilegraphs, and the Blake transfer method. Profusely illustrated; also includes bibliography and updated list of suppliers. "Excellent, comprehensive . . . superbly organized." — AB Bookman's Weekly.
Table of Contents
PART ONE. GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1. Materials and Equipment
Chapter 2. Tools
Chapter 3. Printing Papers
Chapter 4. Presses
Chapter 5. Workshop
PART TWO. ETCHING TECHNIQUES
Chapter 6. Formulas for Grounds and Inks
Chapter 7. Hard Ground
Chapter 8. Soft Ground
Chapter 9. Aquatint
Chapter 10. Sugar Lift
Chapter 11. White Ground
Chapter 12. Acids
PART THREE. PRINTING TECHNIQUES
Chapter 13. Basic Printing
Chapter 14. Double Intaglio Printing
Chapter 15. Color Printing and Embossing
Chapter 16. Viscosity Method
Chapter 17. Viscosity and Aquatint
PART FOUR. OTHER MEDIUMS AND METHODS
Chapter 18. Drypoint
Chapter 19. Engraving
Chapter 20. Colagraphs
Chapter 21. Tuilegraphs
Chapter 22. Blake Transfer Method
PART FIVE. APPENDIX
Things Every Printmaker Should Know and Doesn't Know Whom To Ask
Supplies and Suppliers
What Our Readers Are Saying
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