This original print is a very deeply etched zinc plate, bathed in
acid for roughly 8-12 hours for some parts of the plate. Printing is done
in one pass through the press.
This is one of a series with which the drawing was made with grease pencil directly on the zinc. The plate was etched to fix the drawing first, then additional areas of the plate were etched and aquatinted to develop the design.
Three colors are applied. The first is applied by wiping in the usual intaglio manner, in this case, with red. The second color is a
very oily blue and is applied with a hard roller, so that the blue is applied only on the highest surface of the plate. The final color, a dry or
tacky yellow ink, is applied with a very soft roller that sinks deep into the
plate. The dry yellow ink skips over the oilier blue and red, and sticks
to the plate only where there is not already an oily film of ink present. The
technique is called viscosity printing because the outcome of the placement of
the ink on the plate depends on the relative oiliness (or viscosity) of the 3