Etchings and Drawings

    What is an Etching?
    (from Wikipedia)
    In pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where he wants a line to appear in the finished piece, so exposing the bare metal. The plate is then dipped in a bath of acid, technically called the mordant (French for "biting") or etchant, or has acid washed over it. The acid "bites" into the metal, where it is exposed, leaving behind lines sunk into the plate. The remaining ground is then cleaned off the plate. The plate is inked all over, and then the ink wiped off the surface, leaving only the ink in the etched lines.

    The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it). The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print. The process can be repeated many times; typically several hundred impressions (copies) could be printed before the plate shows much sign of wear. The work on the plate can also be added to by repeating the whole process; this creates an etching which exists in more than one state.

    Etching has often been combined with other intaglio techniques such as engraving (e.g. Rembrandt) or aquatint (e.g. Goya).

    Mia Lane's etchings are typically printed in very small editions of under 35 prints. These were printed by Mia Lane at Sparkbox Studio in nearby Picton, ON where visiting artists from all over the world come and use their facilities and/or stay as residents for a working vacation to study and create their art and enjoy beautiful Prince Edward County.

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    Original Etching by Artist Mia Lane using traditional methods of hand working the plates and hand pulling prints off the press one at a time.

    The pen and ink sketches are drawn on archival paper of the dogs and farm animals she is familiar with.

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