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Open Bite

Open bite is an intaglio technique in which larger open areas of the plate are exposed to acid.

The etching process will create a flat, rough surface of etched copper surrounded by steep, irregular edges. When the plate is filled with ink and the surface is wiped clean, the flat basin will also be wiped, leaving only a thin layer of ink on the surface with thick ink only along the edges. When printed, this technique creates a lighter, mottled colour tone surrounded by a darker outline.