The above photo shows the fourth stage of another 8" x 8" copper plate etching. The numbers indicate the following:
1. The dark dots are the aquatint, sprayed on using an airbush and compressor.
2. The dark brown tints are stop out resist, to prevent the aquatint from biting on those areas.
3. The reddish-copper tone shows the exposed areas of the plate after being etched with an aquatint for a total of 30 minutes.
The next photo shows the inked up plate on the bed of the press, just before printing:
And here is the printed proof from the plate:
Altogether it's a very satisfying collection of etched marks -- hard ground line etching, drypoint, spit bite, and lift-ground aquatint. All that remains is to do a bit of 'push and pull' on certain areas, lightening them via scraping and burnishing, or darkening them via drypoint.
In the next blog post, I will go into much more detail about each step of the process of making a print like this using only acrylic resist etching materials.
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