Rembrandt-Inspired Etching Experiment

Rembrandt etching

I’m always ready for a museum trip, so when my friend asked me to come along and see a Rembrandt drawing show I jumped at the chance. Looking back, the detail that still sticks out to me is the beautiful, delicate line of Rembrandt’s etchings. Looking closely at his drawings—some of them only a little bigger than a postage stamp!—I saw how he used line alone to create almost anything.

Etching jewelry project by Dale Armstrong
Etching Damascus Steel
by Dale Armstrong

I’ve never etched before, but I’ve always wanted to experiment with the fine lines that you can create in that process. There's just nothing else like it. That’s why I think the Etching Damascus Steel project that I found on our sister site, Jewelry Making Daily is a great way to get my feet wet without getting overwhelmed. The eProject shows how to create raised designs and drawings on the surface of these thin pieces of carbon steel, and then I can use them to roll patterns onto other metals, paper–for a mixed media painting or collage, or even keep them as is for my own handcrafted jewelry. Cha-ching. Wish me luck or even do the project with me and let me know what your experience brings. To Rembrandt!



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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

2 thoughts on “Rembrandt-Inspired Etching Experiment

  1. Courtney, in art school, one of my favorite subjects to study was the drawings of the old masters, especially their self-portraits. for me, rembrandt’s lines were probably the most expressive and animated. his self-portrait drawings were the models for the self-portrait drawings we created.
    etching is the next logical step in the drawing process!
    as for your masterpieces, why not make a limited edition of the etched images and THEN a new set of jewelry with necklace….
    have fun designing. it is, after all, the next logical step!

  2. Those are beautiful! But use bronze or brass for patterns in a rolling mill. Steel will ruin the rollers, leaving marks that you cannot get out, especially high carbon steel.