Etchings – what are they?

Etchings and Aquatints

What does Etching mean?

An Etching is a type of Original print. Etchings are images printed from metal plates that are etched with acid.

The word ‘etching’ is also used to describe the process of making the printing plate.

Aquatint is one of the methods used to make an etching and, when the word is used strictly, describes an etching produced using that method exclusively. People do also use the term when aquatint is the main method, but other methods are incorporated.

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