Alan Smith
This practical new paperback edition explains the full process of etching, covering traditional techniques in depth and introducing modern ideas when they add to mark-making capabilities. Illustrated with lavishly finished examples and clear step-by-step sequences, this beautiful book covers the basics of etching - the materials required, how to prepare a plate, and ways of making marks using hard ground, soft ground and aquatint. Other etching techniques are covered including spit-bite and sugar lift, and how to transfer images onto the plate using photo etching. Engraving techniques are shown with various ways of making the plate without acid: drypoint, line engraving, stipple engraving and mezzotint. Advice on printing is given including papers and inks, the printing process and more advanced techniques such as colour printing and editioning.
Etching by Alan Smith

About the author

After working and running various contemporary etching studios, Alan Smith ran the etching room at the Royal College of Art, London for 32 years.

Press Reviews

There is a generosity of technical tips and information throughout the book, which combined with stage by stage illustrations of different techniques, studio layout and range of different styles of print works, makes Smith's book a good reference for any printmaker.

- Printmaking Today