Copperplate 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
for the intaglio process of etching 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
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.
the cylinders pass :
wet sheet of paper attached to the plate
d) d) a
blotter to absorb the water from the paper squeezed out by the
pulling a lever, the entire rolling process is set into motion.
the hand press
These information come from the site: www.acquaforte.it