View Full Version : Need Help with Acquatint

11-12-2002, 02:21 PM
Hey all you etchers out there!

I went overboard on my acqutint plate - it's printing very dark. Is there anyway I can salvage this thing in the printing process, say, with lighter inks?


11-13-2002, 07:10 AM
Don't think there's much you can do in the printting process itself. But you can burnish it back. You use a burnisher (sort of spoon-shaped ended metal tool) to literally flatten the areas so they'll print lighter. Burnishers don't cost much, maybe $5 or so?, so it's well worth having one. It's good for toning down or even completely eliminating etched lines too.

If you're working in a print room with other people (which I'm assuming you are if you're a beginner using aquatint. Hopefully there's a technician or supervisor) then maybe someone there has one you could try out?


11-13-2002, 09:36 AM
That is exactly what my instructor told me last night! She is going to show me next week. BTW, I do have a burnisher and it cost me $18. Canadian. Go figure!!!

Thanks again for your wonderful advice.