Mezzotint | Judy Barringer

Mezzotint | Judy Barringer

 12/11/2017: 10AM- 4PM                                                                                                                       12/13/2017: 10AM- 4PM                                                                                                                     

 $150 non-associates / $127.50 associates ($35 for materials)  

CLASS IS FILLED. If you are interested please let us know                                                                                                            

Mezzotint, from Italian, mezzo-tinto for “half-tone” or “half-painted”, is technically a drypoint method in the intaglio family. Unlike etching, where acid is used to etch lines in the surface of the plate, thereby achieving the desired level of tonality, tonality is achieved by “distressing” the surface of a copper plate with thousands of little pits made by a tool with small teeth, called a “rocker”. The entire surface of the plate is evenly distressed with the rocker. Tonality in the image is achieved by using tools such as burnishers and scrapers to smooth desired portions of the plate. It is similar to making a charcoal drawing and bringing out the highlights with an eraser. As in intaglio printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. Areas smoothed with the burnisher and/or scraper will not hold ink and will print “white”, that is, without ink. A richness in the print can be achieved by varying the degree of smoothing, creating varying tones between black and white.

In these two sessions the artists will be given a pre-rocked (distressed) plate onto which they will transfer their drawing. By burnishing and scraping the distressed surface of the plate, the artist will bring out the mid tones between the black and the white of the paper. Each artist will pull two prints from their plate.

 

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