Aquatint workshop

Generally, an very interesting post, but has anyone else applied aquatint resin like this?

woman walking slowly

This weekend was spent on another printing workshop.  The focus was aquatint. I had tried this once before and wanted to learn the technique so that I could develop it more creatively in later workshops (these happen about twice a year).  I chose a photo reference of a field of poppies as the starting point.  From this photo, I created a motif of poppies flowers, buds and grasses.  The initial idea is shown below.  Following that is the sketchbook page, with the finished sketch and the planning process (partly hidden behind the photo…)



The first step was to draw the motif into a layer of lacquer on a zinc plate (15cm x 10 cm).  I drew the design freehand using the sketch as reference. The surface is highly reflective!


The underside of the plate must be covered in plastic tape to avoid its surface being etched, too, when the plate…

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1 Response to Aquatint workshop

  1. This is how we did it back in the 1970’s in art college before Elfin Safety. Shouldn’t be done like this now. At Swansea Print Workshop we don’t use resin, we use acrylic paint through an airbrush. Even so, it has an extractor fan above it.

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