aquagravure

A mould is made from wooden plates. The printer add a thick layer of paper pulp to this mould, which is a couple of centimetres thick. This is compressed under great force, resulting in many litres of water draining off. The paper pulp will then take on the form of the mould. The artist applies colour to the compressed sheet. This "original" is then returned to the printer. The printer inks the mould; when doing so he accurately follows the artist's design. Paper pulp is once again poured into the mould, but this time, as well as the contrast, colour is also printed. The Aquagravure is put aside to dry and is checked every day and, if required, reworked. The prints are only numbered and signed once both the artist and printer are satisfied. The result of this complex technique is totally astounding. It enables the artist to add a third dimension (depth) to his creations, giving a fantastic result. The time-consuming production process means the technique is, however, rarely used and the print runs are always limited This means that like with the Terragraph, you are also buying a collector's item.



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