Prints, Intaglio

Bill Ritchie collagraph

Intaglio printing, one of the four main printing processes, is pressing stiff ink in incised and textured images on an otherwise smooth surface and then wiping away ink from the surface. Only the lines and textures are left holding ink. Soft paper is impressed into those lines and textures, and the paper carries off the image when it is lifted from the plate. This usually requires an intaglio press (etching press) for printing intaglio. The image above is a 2004 Ritchie collagraph printed intaglio in the collection of Andrew Wenczel.