Intaglio Etching: Sure Temptation

This intaglio etching and watercolor was the result of a print-exchange with 12 fellow printmakers.

We clipped the alphabetical headers from the upper corners of the Los Angeles Yellow Pages, and tossed them into a box. Each artist pulled a slip from the box, and created a print inspired by their selection; I pulled Sure Temptation – the boundary page between the S & T listings.

To me, the word temptation conjures Eve in the Garden of Eden.  I hadn’t pondered Eve’s story too deeply before that print exchange, but after researching the details, I imagined Eve, with innocent demeanor, and naive carriage, the moment before her first exchange with the serpent at the tree of knowledge.

My sketchbook page, brainstorming the imagery inspired by the phone book heading.
Beveling a zinc plate so the edges won’t cut through the printmaking paper, or the felt blankest on the press
Working on a zinc plate in the etching lab, with sketches and notes for the design
Adding Watercolor to the artist proof intaglio etching
Sure Temptation 9 x 6 Intaglio Etching with Watercolor

How Do You Store Your Print Art?

I found this wonderful tutorial online by printmaker Graham Stephens of Diode Press to make a cloth & hardboard portfolio.

If you’ve participated in a print exchange, and you have a pile of beautiful prints to store, or art and photos you’d like to keep safe and protected from light, check out his tutorial.

His instructions are clear and concise, and the end product is beautiful. (If you get this blog via email, you can watch the video here.)

Art Quote


One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe, and find ashes.

Annie Dillard

2 thoughts on “Intaglio Etching: Sure Temptation”

  1. Wonderful image, and love the video too. You might enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of all things. I thought of that book looking at your work.

    Love your work.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

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