Tuesday, 30 August 2011

MEZZOTINT

I took a course in Mezzotint led by Ray Dennis at Brighton Independent Printmakers. It's the reverse of etching...you burnish the light back from the dark on the rocked copper plate. 
Here is a brief description: Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a "rocker." In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean.
 I made this print on the course.
 the little picture of the kid with the bear hood is by Ray Dennis. His work is amazing...there is such a lot of detail and delicacy. I bought this from him ...and i love it. Below is a picture of a 'rocker' for creating the surface on the copper plate.

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