[New-Poetry] William Blake's America, 2010
anny.ballardini at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 13:32:16 EDT 2010
Yes, he was an excellent artisan and had good company in his dreams.
On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM, <jforjames at aol.com> wrote:
> I did not know that... Relief Etching
> When he was 31, Blake discovered a totally original method of "relief
> etching." The method created a single, raised printing surface for both text
> and image. The idea came to him in a vision of his younger brother soon
> after he died.
> His unique “illuminated printing” involved writing his designs, usually of
> his unique religions visions, onto copper plates with wax pens and similar
> acid-resistant tools. Then he would etch the plates in diluted acid so the
> untreated copper would be dissolved away or reduced, thus leaving the design
> standing in relief. Herein lies the origin of the descriptive name "relief."
> Blake's method is a reversal of the normal method of etching, where the
> lines of the engraved design which have been scratched into the copper are
> exposed to the diluted acid. In this etching process, the lines are
> deepened, incised, and softened so that the lines themselves are the design.
> The plate would be printed by the intaglio method where the design itself is
> scratched away in order to be filled with ink and pressed.
> Relief etching, which Blake invented, became an important commercial
> printing method.
> Read more at Suite101: *Artist and Engraver William Blake: Accomplishments
> of 18th-Century Romantic Painter and Printmaker*<http://www.suite101.com/content/artist-and-engraver-william-blake-a182937#ixzz14KcMoXdB>
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