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TITLE: North Wharf (left)
ARTIST: Victoria Elbroch
SIZE: 10" x 7"
MADE BY: Wentworth
DESCRIPTION: This jigsaw puzzle of an old wharf in New
England reflects the process of etching. Etchings are created by
painting a copper or zinc plate with acid resistant asphaltum, then
etching the chosen design, in a reversed mirror-image, through the
hardened coating with a sharp stylus. The plate is then immersed in a bath
of appropriate acid which eats into the exposed metal creating tiny
groves. The coating is removed, the plate is inked and cleaned, and the
image printed onto damp paper using an etching press. Each individual
print is then tinted by hand, using watercolors, giving them a distinctive
and colorful flair.