Hard ground etchings, with aquatint

These etchings begin with the image sketched out on a hard ground which has been applied to the plate. An aquatint is then applied and different tones are created by ‘stopping out’ different parts of the plate before it goes into strong acid . The lightest tones are stopped out first and the darkest tones (the areas which hold the most ink) emerge after several minutes in the strong acid. I think this technique offers many possibilities for development. It is the type of Printmaking I enjoy most and I am currently working on more complex images to get experience of using this technique together with hand aquatinting (which creates a more coarse appearance), spit bite and sugar lift. I mostly sketch plants in my garden or fruit and vegetables in the kitchen.IMG_1100IMG_1101IMG_1334IMG_2363

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