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etching press in studio
Etching is one of the oldest printing methods and is a wonderful medium for artists to express themselves. Briefly, the metal plate, usually copper is coated with a waxy 'ground'. The artist then draws with a point into the ground exposing the metal underneath . This is then immersed in an acid bath which bites the line into the plate.
Varying tones called Aquatint can be put on the plate. The area to be etched is dusted with a powdered resin and then heated to melt it onto the surface. The plate is then placed in the acid bath to etch away the tiny areas not protected by the granulated resin.
To print the plate ink is dabbed into the bitten lines , then wiped off the surface of the plate . The plate is then put through a press between two rollers with dampened paper and the impression is taken.
So there are no mechanical or photographic means involved, it is all the artists original work to make and print the plate . Hence the term 'artists original prints'

Farmer, Moon,  etching by Keith Andrew
Evening Church, etching by Keith Andrew
Wet Sunday, etching by Keith Andrew
Moon Stream,  etching by Keith Andrew
Ffergi Moon,  etching by Keith Andrew
Quiet Valley,  etching by Keith Andrew
Fairy Glen - etching
Snow Moon - etching
Cottage Moon - etching
these images below are all 'sugar lift' colour aquatints
Bwa Gwyn - Anetching by Keith Andrew
Mountain Coast - An etching by Keith Andrew
Bwa Du - etching by Keith Andrew
Surf
Strata Cove - etching by Keith Andrew
Headland - etching by Keith Andrew
Rocky Coast - etching by Keith Andrew
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