Michael Arike

Michael Arike

Mamaroneck, NY
Neighbors, Color Aquatint
14.25 x 12.25

The key plate has the drawing etched on it, and the tones aquatinted. I then print the key plate in Charbonnel Prussian Blue placing it in a template (I use illustration board sprayed with crystal clear) with shape of the plate cut out, and enough space around it for a sheet of paper 11×15” centered on the plate. I run it through the press leaving the paper and template caught under the roller. Remove the key plate and replace it with a clean plate, then run it back through leaving the image offset onto the plate. Put it into acid for 10 seconds. When you clean off the ink the image will show, and you can proceed to put an aquatint ground on it. You then stop out the areas that will not get the next color, according to the intensity of the color you want. Use the same process for the third plate. When all are finished you are ready to print. Print the lightest color first, Process Yellow for my print, then Magenta, and lastly the key plate in Prussian Blue.