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 When you ink an intaglio plate, where does the ink rest so that it can be printed?

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kstinnett | (Level 2) Honors

Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:49 AM via web

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 When you ink an intaglio plate, where does the ink rest so that it can be printed?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM (Answer #1)

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For intaglio prints, copper or zinc plates are used. the design is etched into the copper or zinc plate. The etchings create recesses between raised surfaces. The ink for a print rests in the etched recesses, and the ink from the recessed etching lines and spaces transfers to the print material to make the print. the intaglio process is the opposite of the relief print process, which commonly associated with the printing press. The design in an intaglio may be made by "etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint or mezzotint."

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