Copper Etching Hard Ground: Step Two – Scratching

Posted on: September 27th, 2014
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Scratching 

Use an Etching Needle for thin simple lines.

Use Roulettes for small dotted lines (make sure you clean them with a cloth after each use).

Use a Scraper for thicker and more aggressive lines.

Use a Rocker for tones. This is used for drypoint and mezzotint only (not for etching or scratching into grounds).

Unconventional tools can also be used to scratch your plate, such as sandpaper, a sewing needle, fork or knife. Essentially, anything that removes or scratches the ground will work.

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