Robert Franzini

Robert Franzini

Morehead, KY
Child, Relief Etching
17 x14

Ink Resist Relief Etching

The genesis of this technique was tied to my experience with monotype.
I pursued the idea that an image, developed so directly and spontaneously
on the copper plate, could undergo a transposition to become part of the
plate itself.

In this method, intaglio printing ink functions as both drawing material and
acid resist. Printing ink, in contrast to acid resists such as asphaltum and
rosin, is more malleable and does not dry quickly, thereby providing ample
time to develop an image. When properly dried, the ink is a superb acid
resist. The image is drawn onto a copper plate with ink; the ink is hardened
and transformed into an effective acid resist, and the image bitten into the
plate by deep etching in dutch mordant. The result is a relief etching that
can be inked with a hard brayer and printed using an intaglio press.