Etching – an artist’s guide – by Ann Norfield

ISBN: 9781785006159
PUBLISHED: 24/09/2019
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 280×220 mm
INSIDE: 300 colour photographs and 27 diagrams

Etching can seem mysterious and inaccessible, but this practical book guides you through the process to reveal the potential of this distinctive means of creating artists’ prints. With clear instructions and visual guides, it explains the many ways that marks are first made on a metal plate before ink is applied and the image transferred onto a sheet of paper. The book goes on to introduce a broad menu of techniques, allowing the visual artist to develop a uniquely personal approach. It is an essential and beautiful guide to one of the most creative and dynamic printmaking techniques.


  • Introduces the materials and equipment needed to get started, from the simple etching needle and scraper-burnisher to the etching press
  • Gives detailed explanations of hard and soft ground, aquatint and photo-etching, as well as related intaglio processes such as drypoint and photopolymer
  • Encourages artists to experiment and try combining techniques to explore their potential, and includes interviews with leading artists explaining their approaches
  • Gives practical advice and tips throughout to show to achieve the best results and avoid common mistakes
  • Explains the importance of editioning, finishing and presentation
  • Promotes community studios that accommodate intaglio printmaking and the creative collaboration of artists


RRP: £19.99