To make the paper embossing, Jan Peterson creates the design in black and white, keeping in mind that the black areas will be raised in the finished product. The plate is etched with acid (a photo engraving). The dark areas of the design are now deeply etched into the metal plate. The plate and wet printmaking paper are hand pulled through the etching press. After the paper is dried, Jan Peterson hand paints the touches of color you see on each print.