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Etching begins with a metal plate, usually of copper, that has been covered with a waxy surface called a "ground". The artist creates a composition by drawing through the ground to expose the metal. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath that chemically dissolves the exposed lines. The ground is then removed, ink is introduced into the incised lines and the plate is wiped clean. The plate is then covered with dampened paper and run through a press under great pressure in order to force the paper into the lines, resulting in the raised characteristic of etching.
Registration red plate for Jason Benjamin's "You Were Gone"