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Soft ground etching is a part of printmaking that I think you call deep
printing in English. Probably not even though this is a direct translation
from icelandic, anyway it is when you use a metal plate, copper or zink(I
use copper) and cover it with some sort of ground it can be hard or soft, I
donīt know excactly what that is, then you have to scratch your image into
with a special needle before you put it in acid to etch it, the other(soft
ground) you can draw with a pencil but have to be careful not to touch the
surface. After making the image into the ground you put it in acid bath and
then clean it and put printing ink on it and wipe it off so that it only
stays in the deep lines that the acid has etched. Then you put damp
paper(specially for this) on it and run it through a printing press and
voila........hope this explains it somewhat.
Best regards from the far north, where it keeps snowing which is driving us