Intaglio – Printing technique in which the image is etched into a surface and the cut-out area holds the ink for printing
Note: Intaglio refers to printmaking process such as etching, engraving and drypoint, where the ink is contained within the lines and shapes before printing.
To remember what intaglio means, use the following mnemonic:
The inn was called the Tally Ho! (intaglio) - it's sign looked like an etched printing plate.
To make your own intaglio print, start by placing some paper in a tray and spraying it with water until it's wet.
To make the plate, use a ball point pen to make an indented pattern on a piece of cardboard from a cereal box and using the non printed surface.
Next, paint the design, making sure the paint is in all the grooves and then wipe off any excess paint
Take the paper out of the tray and lightly dry it on a paper towel for a second. Flip it over and set it down on the paper towel so there isn't a lot of water pooling.
Take the paper off the paper towel and place it on top of the ink topped plate. Put another sheet of paper towel over the whole thing. Now use a rolling pin to apply constant pressure across the surface.
Peel away the paper towel then peel off the paper with your design printed.
Let it dry on a flat surface and you can keep using the intaglio plate to make as many prints as you want.