Aquatint is an intaglio process that produces tone rather than lines. Though this method traditionally involves the use of powdered rosin, in this workshop we will explore a contemporary and non-toxic method using an airbrush and a water soluble acrylic resist. Like rosin, the airbrush can produce extremely fine textured results with the added benefit of being safer and more controllable. This technique is very flexible and lends itself equally well to delicate images as it does to more bold and high-contrast ideas. In this workshop, students will learn the aquatint process from start to finish; from prepping a plate, to step-etching, and finally to printing and editioning. We will also learn how to properly operate and clean an airbrush. Students will come away with a plate and a small edition of prints.
Level: All levels of welcome. We will work in a methodical, step-by step process so that beginners and those with some experience all feel at ease.
Registration extended through January 8, 2022 to allow time for students to gather/purchase the needed supplies for class. Material fees are included with your registration to cover items provided in class, including newsprint, intaglio ink, tarlatan, etching needles, and acrylic aquatint solution. Students will need to supply additional materials.
All sample images by Nicole Parker