Wow! I love this post! It is so hard to find artists that use non-toxic supplies. Thanks for the post
Non-toxic art processes are all the rage lately, and printmaking is no different. Intaglio (etching) in particular has seen many innovations to make is a safer process. Two commonly used processes, Electr0-etching and Solar-plate etching, are described below.
Electro-etching is a new spin on the 500 year old art of etching. Its main claim to fame is being a non-toxic eco-friendly form of metal etching. Unlike etching of the past where acid is used, electro-etching uses a direct low-voltage current to render an image on the plate. Electro-etching can be used on both zinc and copper-plates. Another benefit of electro-etching is the furrows created while etching tend to be a lot more even and controlled in comparison to the furrows created by submerging a plate into an acid bath.
Solar-plate etching is another new technique focused on the trend of non-toxic printing. The results are very similar to traditional intaglio…
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