• Old Irish Portrait
  • Old Irish Portrait

    Etching was made on a copper plate. It was first rolled with wax. I then drew my picture on the plate by scraping away the areas I wanted the ink to appear. The plate was then dipped in acid and the acid ate away the non-waxed areas. The aquatint process involves dusting the plate with finely powdered resin and then heated until the resin melts in tiny mounds that harden as they cool. Acid is applied to the metal plate and bites channels around the resin droplets. The resulting level variations will hold more or less ink, depending upon how long or how deeply the acid is allowed to penetrate the plate. Tones ranging from light gray to velvety black can thes be printed. I then cleaned and inked the plate. Ink is pushed into the etched grooves, then the surface is wiped clean with muslin cloth, leaving only the etched areas retaining ink. The etching was then placed on an etching press and printed on 300g quality Fabriano paper.



    CLIENT : NA

    DATE : Jun 10. 2016

    CATEGORY : Watercolour

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