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Old 01-07-2018, 10:59 PM
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Use to denote nudity/mature subject matter Three figures with HG and aquatint (x-post Figure)

Even though I gave the aquatint only a couple of minutes for each value, it came out darker than I wanted.



I've been making prints only a few months, so any suggestions will be welcome.

Kate
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:46 PM
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Re: Three figures with HG and aquatint (x-post Figure)

Kate,
For just a few months experience these aquatints are really very nicely done. Is this done on copper with rosin?
If you haven't already looked, you might find some inspiration for combining line work and aquatint from looking at Goya's prints among others. Technically, I see one issue and that would be the white spots that appear in the lines in some places. It seems you may have either pulled ink out of the line work when wiping or didn't push the ink into the lines when inking the plates. Other than that, good work.

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Old 01-09-2018, 09:50 PM
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Re: Three figures with HG and aquatint (x-post Figure)

JDH, thanks for the observation about the light spots on lines. I'm just learning how to be careful and what to watch for. Learning how to ink well is something I want to do, so thanks for the observation.

I used a zinc plate. First hardground, drawn through for the lines, then nitric acid for an hour. I then removed the hard ground, used rosin and stop out for the white. I then put it back in the acid for just a few minutes, then more stop out, then back in the acid for a few minutes, then more stop out and back in the acid for a few more minutes for the darkest value. It's quite a process, but I love the work itself.

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