The artist etches his own composition directly on a metal plate using a steel tool called burin, pushing it with his/her palm and rotating the stand (steel, copper or zinc plate) on a cushion or a small wooden board. Both movements pull out metal shavings. Scooped out furrows are then filled with printing ink. Most of the time, burin technique is realized on copper plate which is a real ink lover. Before inking the plate it is necessary to moisturize and soften the paper to allow it to enter the most thinnest lines. The plate is inked, cleaned then passed under a press.
"Dalles, sable et eau VI", engraving by Henri-Georges Adam, 1957