Kevin Cummins

Kevin Cummins

Chester Springs, PA
Bench, Etching / Aquatint
10 x 12

A drawing is made. The drawing is put on Mylar and placed on top of a zinc plate coated painted asphaltum (a coating that resists nitric acid). It is run through the etching press, which results in the drawing being transferred to the coated plate.

With a burnishing tool, I scratch the asphaltum off the areas of the plate that will be gray or black in the image, leaving the plate exposed in these areas.

The plate is then lightly sprayed with enamel spray paint. The plate is put in nitric acid, which will eat away the exposed areas of the plate and leave little pockets between the spray paint particles. The pockets will hold ink (called an aquatint). The longer the plate is in the acid, the deeper the pockets and the more ink the pockets will hold, the darker that area of the print will be.