9 October 2010 § 2 Comments

Aquatint (dust ground) by F. Goya

Aquatint (aquatinta, gravure au lavis, Dutch: aquatint, watertoon) is an illustration technique that belongs to the intaglio-etching printmaking family. It is called aquatint because it resembles the wash drawings made by water colourists. The technique’s main function was to reproduce these colour wash drawings.

Technique description
In short, an aquatint is the result of acid affecting a copper plate which is covered with a not fully closed ground. The covered parts result in small white dots, which are hardly visible when taking a glance look. The aquatint is recognizable by its granular structure and its variation in grey tones with clearly visible transitions; there is no fluency.
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