Printmaking Technique: Etching Illustration 1

Etchings are made by spreading a thin layer of wax on a copper plate; the artist then draws the design with a thin needle, which moves easily through the wax to expose the copper surface below. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath that eats away at the exposed areas, while the wax layer protects the rest of the plate.

Process image created by Matt Stolle and Perri Blitz.