subtle, but it makes all the difference

Yesterday in the studio I worked a new soft ground, and also decided to try some spit-bite aquatint on an older plate. I'd already editioned this etching (A cottage under snow)  in its second state (10 prints), and was feeling adventurous. Not only have I finally got a feel for the process of aquatint, but… Continue reading subtle, but it makes all the difference

Line etching with spit-bite

Proofs of the two portraits, line-etched only. (Lady looks to have a mustache– must burnish those lines down!) Yes, you read that correctly: spit-bite. Contrary to what Wiki says, we are learning the old-school method, so it is what it sounds like–  a way of "biting" the plate with acid that involves actual salivary effluvium–… Continue reading Line etching with spit-bite