prints are made using a sticky kind of ink, with the plate being
warmed on a stove. The pictures below
show the eight basic stages of copperplate engraving.
spreading of the ink
daubing the ink
removing the excess ink
cleaning and burnishing the plate
cleaning the corners
immersion of the sheet of paper
The paper for the intaglio process of engraving is of a special
kind: it contains little glue and no wood fibres. It is similar
to blotting paper and must be wet in order to adhere better to
the inked depressions.
positioning of the plate
The printing process
The plate is inked before the printing of each sheet of paper.
The printing process is done with a hand press on a movable plane
passing between two metal rollers.
Between the cylinders pass :
a) the plane
b) the inked plate
c) the wet sheet of paper attached to the plate
d) d) a blotter to absorb the water from the paper squeezed out
by the cylinders.
By pulling a lever, the entire rolling process is set into motion.
the hand press
These information come from the site: www.acquaforte.it