Amy N. Worthen

Amy N. Worthen

Des Moines, IA
Le Viaggio Della “Chiaretta” (The Voyage of the Chiaretta), engraving, drypoint, roulette
16 x 21.75

My engraving of shop windows that line Piazza San Marco in Venice recounts a sailing trip I took to Croatia on the “Chiaretta,” Venetian friends’ two-masted schooner. I filled the San Marco shops in my engraving with boats and places I drew during this trip. This is a burin engraving with drypoint and roulette. I make a soft graphite drawing of my image on tracing paper; coat a copper engraving plate with white wax; place the drawing face-down on the waxed plate and send it through the press so that the graphite transfers to the plate. I drypoint the outlines of the drawing with an etching needle, then remove the wax. I engrave the lines with burins, and I use a very tiny 19th-century roulette and burnisher to create the tonal areas. I printed the plate with gold metallic lithography ink mixed with black etching ink on Magnani Incisione.