How-To's

Here you will find a collection of videos and articles on the how-to's of intaglio printmaking.

Transferring a Sketch to a Plate

First up is a simple and effective way of transferring a sketch to a copper plate. This technique is common among jewelers and is great for drypoint and line engraving. A thin residue of a non-toxic modeling clay is laid on the plate surface. The sketch is placed on top (pencil side down) and burnished from the back. The pressure transfers the pencil from the sketch to the plate. When the sketch is removed, the residue of the modeling clay holds the marks in place until they can be lightly scribed into the surface. The clay can be used almost indefinitely and cleanup is done by simply wiping the plate with a paper towel.