Roberta Delaney

Roberta Delaney

Sherborn, MA
Night Sky, Engraving
12 x11

“Night Sky” is an engraving on copper. This falls under the broad category of an intaglio print that includes etchings. Different from etching, engraving does not involve any acid. The engraving is cut into the plate with a hand held tool called a burin. The tip of the burin cuts a deep line into the copper; this line holds the ink. Another engraving tool—a roulette, made the soft tones in the sky in this image. This hand tool has a ball on the end with raised textures that is rolled directly on the plate to raise a burr. I chose this technique because it is direct and I wished to be surrounded by the landscape. Printed later is Boston, this series of small engravings allows me to share a quiet experience
with many.