What is Etching?
Etching is an interesting form of art, whereby the artist makes a print using a design made in a metal plate. Generally copper or zinc is used. The plate is coated with etching ground, generally made from beeswax, resin and bitumen. Then the design is drawn onto it by means of a sharp tool, exposed to nitric acid that eats away the areas, so as to leave a pattern from the recessed lines. In this way the lines will hold the ink, enabling the design to be transferred to the paper and realize the art print. Great pressure is applied with a printing press so as to transfer the ink onto the paper. There are different types of etching, and sometimes such techniques are combined together as well. Etching dates back hundreds of years as printmakers used it as a rather easy way to engrave. In fact in the fourteenth century it was widely used to decorate metals, and printmaking was then introduced later in the sixteenth century. Since then etching continued to remain quite popular because the final result is very beautiful and distinctive. Different etching techniques were used over the years, such as soft-ground etching, spit bite, open bite, and photo-etching.
Buying Etching Prints Online
Buying this kind of printmaking on Artquisite is easy and comfortable, and you will be able to benefit from a very interesting variety of artworks. The aim of the site is to offer art lovers a diversified range of art for sale at reasonable prices from the comfort of one’s own home. So if you want to buy art prints, and would like impressive ones created with etching techniques, browse through our online art gallery!