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Intaglio prints
by Juan Bernal
Bamboo, etching and aquatint

Bamboo  Thicket


Etching and aquatint 4 x 11 inches
Bamboo grove, canes of bamboo

Waterlilies Garden

Jardin de Lotos

Etching and aquatint 11 x 15 inches
Waterlilies pond, aguafuerte
Waterlilies intaglio print etching
Banana leaves, etching

Banana Leaves

Etching and aquatint 5 x 12 inches
Grabado de hojas de platano

Gigantes de los Andes

Etching and aquatint 5 x 12 inches
Wax palms by Cocora
Palmas en la bruma, grabado
Palmas de cera, aguafuerte y aguatinta


Wax Palms, Xeroxilum Quindiuensis

Etching and aquatint 10 x 11 inches
Salento, valle de Cocora



Etching and aquatint 10 x 11 inches
Heliconia, aguatinta y aguafuerte
Platanillo, Heliconia, etching
Anturio, grabado: aguafuerte y aguatinta


Etching and aquatint 2.5 x 1.5 inches
Anturium, etching and aquatint

Anturio II

Etching and aquatint
ala puppe 2.5 x 1.5 inches
Musa Paradisiaca, etching
Etching and aquatint 10 x 11 inches
Intaglio print of banana leaves

Musa Paradisiaca

Inspiration is the genesis of creation.

Talent alone is not enough; discipline and passion are required.

Monstera Deliciosa

Monotype 11 x 18  inches
Monstera deliciosa, monotype
Water Droplets, etching, intaglio print


Gotas de agua

Etching and aquatint 4 x 6  inches
Gotas de agua
Light Rays, intaglio print

Rays of Light

Rayos de Luz

Etching and aquatint 6 x 8 inches
Rayos de luz


Intaglio prints

by Juan Bernal


The art of etching is almost magic, allowing the artist during the engraving, to discover little by little the result that will be seen on the final print. During the etching process artist proofs are made in order to see how the plate is coming along. Once the plate is ready (bon a tire), a limited and numbered edition is printed.

Etching is aptly derived from the Dutch word etzen, to eat. To make an etching using the aquatint technique, lines or dots are created on the plate using an acid, through a process called ‘biting.’ Another method, called dry point, works by engraving lines with a sharp instrument. 

Once the plate is engraved, prints are made by inking the incised lines and textures, placing a damp paper over it and running it through an etching press. The resulting image is a mirror view of what’s on the plate. These impressions are called proofs, each one is considered an original due to the fact that no two prints are ever exactly the same.

Etchings have been a staple for great masters such as Rembrandt, Goya, Durer, Picasso, Matisse, Whistler, among many others.

Lithographs, on the other hand, are made by taking advantage of a chemical reaction due to the immiscibility of oil and water.  A special kind of stone takes the ink, after which it’s run through a press to transfer the image unto paper.

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