INTAGLIO RESINGRAVE: POLISHING RESINGRAVE, ENGRAVING TECHNIQUE, A GALLERY OF INTAGLIO PRINTS

Tired Fingers by Richard Woodman

Tired Fingers by Richard Woodman

How to Use Resingrave for Intaglio Engraving

An Introduction -- Intaglio Resingrave is a positive engraving method (going from light to dark), capable of producing graded half tones like the mezzotint as well as engraved copperplate style line or drypoint. It can be engraved with a variety of tools like steel gravers, powered rotary bits, roulettes and even burnished or dragged sandpaper. Engraving is user friendly "see-where-you-are-going" and pulling a print is as straight forward as any other intaglio plate process.

POLISHING MATTE RESINGRAVE -- Regular Resingrave has to be polished by the engraver in a simple two-step process, first with fine (600 grit wet/dry) sandpaper and then with 7000 grit plate polishing paste that creates a mirror-like surface.

Above: Photograph of polished Resingrave plate with reflection

Above: Photograph of polished Resingrave plate with reflection

ENGRAVING RESULTS -- Engraving technique is fully described in the manual and DVD entitled Relief and Intaglio Printmaking Methods on Resingrave Blocks (see the Resources section for suppliers of these items). Following are print images of various intaglio engraving effects from polished Resingrave.

Use of steel gravers test cuts

Use of steel gravers test cuts

Use of drypoint scribe (picture above of 17th c. scene by Richard Woodman)

Use of drypoint scribe (picture above of 17th c. scene by Richard Woodman)

Rotary bit ton seen in glint

Rotary bit ton seen in glint

Use of rotary bits to create graded tone

Use of rotary bits to create graded tone

Pointed rotary bit for linear engraving by Richard Woodman

Pointed rotary bit for linear engraving by Richard Woodman

A GALLERY OF INTAGLIO PRINTS

Below are several prints by Richard Woodman done with the Resingrave Intaglio method.