THE CENTURIES OLD TECHNIQUE OF ETCHING
I’ve selected key points shown in bold for a quicker read : )
There is nothing quick about the etching process. I would imagine that’s why there aren’t many artists that gravitate to this medium, but I guess I’m the exception to the rule. So if you’re still reading, it must mean you are intrigued and want to learn more, or you’re about to select the “close” button and choose to just enjoy looking at my etchings. Which is perfectly fine. But if you choose to read on, I can guarantee that reading about the etching process is not nearly as long as creating one. So prepare to be entertained with my riveting story about “How An Etching Is Made”. I’ve selected key points shown in bold for a quicker read : )
The technique of etching dates back to the fifteenth century and is a very labor intensive process. It is a very different medium than painting, but I love the process and the unmistakable look of the outcome. Because it requires time and perseverance to master this art form, it is not pursued by many artists, but to the fine art collector, etching is one medium which can be appreciated for its aesthetic appearance as well as the centuries-old process used to create it. The works of Rembrandt, Dürer and other Masters, demonstrate the ultimate beauty and mastery of this medium.
Thankfully, modern day etchers have it a whole lot easier than those of centuries past. If for no other reason than materials are more readily available than back in the day. I’m guessing Rembrandt didn’t have Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick at his beckoned call when he needed supplies. But the process itself remains every bit as tedious. I begin every etching with a rough pencil sketch of the image I will ultimately create as an etching. In an effort to keep the etching spontaneous, my initial pencil sketch will be used merely as a guide for placement of certain objects as I draw them onto the copper plate. Once I establish a concept and size for the etching, I prepare the plate for the lengthy, labor intensive process ahead.
If you are still with me, it may be obvious that this is not an “on-the-edge-of-your-seat” read, but just imagine how impressed your friends will be with your knowledge when the subject of etching comes up.