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Aquatint

Aquatint

Rosin powder which is acid resistant is applied to a metal plate and heated to bind the grains to the metal. It is then placed in an acid bath where the exposed metal is bitten into leaving a fine grainy texture on the plate’s surface. To produce different tones the artist at the first stage would ‘stop out’ the area of the plate to remain white using a stop out liquid. The plate is then dipped in the acid bath, rinsed and dried. Then the next lightest tone is stopped out and the plate returned to the acid bath - this process is repeated for the required amount of tones required. Aquatints print a watery image like a watercolour.