- an etching ground usually mixed with tallow.Compare hard ground.
- a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon.
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Examples from the Web for soft ground
Numerous drawing copies for students were produced by him by means of soft-ground etching.Masters of Water-Colour Painting
H. M. Cundall
Soft-ground etchings, the biting of which is quite shallow, must be steel-faced after two to three hundred impressions.
The “manière de crayon,” as practised by Demarteau and others, differs materially from soft-ground etching.
The plates were engraved by himself in soft-ground etching, such as Prout had used, from drawings he had made in 1846 and 1848.The Life of John Ruskin
W. G. Collingwood