Our workshop

Our workshop produces limited edition original etchings. The ancient technique of etching is thought to have originated in Florence in the early 16th Century.


etchingIn the first stage of this technique the copper plate is covered with a wax varnish and then etched using different types of engraving tools.
The etched plate is immersed in a mordant (formerly known as " acquaforte " literally meaning "strong water" in Italian) that corrodes the copper where the wax has been removed.

PrintingThe plate is inked, covered with a dampened sheet of paper and passed through the printing press. The etching has a limited edition due to the pressure caused by the printing press which compresses the metal plate.

water-colouringThe dry print is then water-coloured. The whole manual process from printing to water-colouring makes each etching unique whilst being part of a numbered series.


space Tamarino store

Il Tamarino Stampe d'Arte
via del Moro 46R - 50123
Tel.- Fax +39 055 282457



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