Etching is a process that comes under a range of printmaking techniques collectively known as ‘Intaglio’. In a nutshell, this means the recesses of the plate are inked and printed. This is the opposite of Relief Printing in which the surface of the plate is inked and printed (Linocut, Wood Engraving, Woodcut). Examples of techniques that fall under the Intaglio process of printmaking include Copperplate Engraving, Etching, Drypoint, Mezzotint and Photogravure.

Please click on the first image below for a description of the various stages in the Etching process…..