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The Art of Printing – Etching

’The Art of Printing’ is a reportage consisting of three episodes covering the printing methods of lithography, wood engraving and etching. Throughout each printing technique we follow the work and cooperation between printing specialist and artist from sketch to the finished prints. We get a unique insight behind each of the methods but also the artist’s process and thoughts when working with new materials and techniques.
The etching technique is where the surface of a cobber plate is scratched leaving dentations for the paint to use as printing surface. We follow artist Ragnar Kjartansson as he experiments with this printing technique for the very first time. With master printer Niels Borch Jensen on the side-line we are taught about etching’s many possibilities but also its limitations.