Kayak etching with aquatint hand pulled print

by WilliamLeeHolt

This is an original etching with aquatint, hand pulled on my own etching press. I often go down to the harbor in the early morning or late afternoon when few people are there, the best time. This lone kayaker was there one morning, completely immersed in his paddling, totally unaware of anyone else looking on. I have tried to capture that moment of stillness, quiet and solitude.

The image area is 6" x 9", printed on BFK Rives archival printmaking paper with generous borders, and is pencil-signed and numbered. I use archival oil based inks for my etchings and aquatints. Etchings are released/sold at random. Specific number requests not available.

PLEASE NOTE: This print does NOT include framing or matting. The photo of the framed art is only to suggest a style of framing. Depending on your monitor setting, this image may appear lighter or darker than the actual print.

All of my original prints are hand-pulled by me. Because of this, each etching, aquatint, silkscreen, woodblock or lithograph I do varies slightly from print to print, in effect making each impression an original print, unlike a “reproduction”, where every print is exactly the same.

How is an etching done?
An etching requires a highly polished metal plate, usually copper or zinc. The plate is covered in wax (or some other resist). I then draw the design directly into the wax using a sharp instrument known as an etching needle, the idea being to expose the metal along the lines I draw. The plate is dropped into a bowl of acid, which eats into the exposed metal. This process may be repeated many times for the development of the image. When the image is complete, the plate is inked and then the surface is wiped with a cloth, leaving ink lodged in the lines that have been etched into the surface of the plate. A sheet of damp paper is pressed upon the plate and a print results.

How is an aquatint done?
Like etching, aquatint uses the application of acid to make the marks in the metal plate. Where the etching technique uses a needle to make lines that print in black (or whatever color ink is used), aquatint uses powdered resin (or a liquid acrylic) which is acid resistant in the ground to create a tonal effect. The tonal variation is controlled by the level of acid exposure over large areas, and thus the image is shaped by large sections at a time.

I do not use any of the photography processes available today to etch my images, preferring to use traditional methods in my work.

To view more of my work, please visit my Etsy shop: http://www.williamholt.etsy.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Los Angeles Printmaking Society

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