Nancy Davison

Nancy Davison

York, ME
Summer Night, Hand Colored Aquatint Etching
18 x 22

“Summer Night” is printed by the artist on Rives Heavyweight paper with mixture of Graphic Chemical Thalo Blue and 545 Dark Brown etching inks and hand-colored with Winsor Newton watercolors.

Cherry Rosin Aquatint: creating tone on an etching plate.
Shake a layer of cherry rosin powder evenly over an etched zinc plate. Heat the plate to fuse the powder to the zinc to create a sandpaper finish of grains of rosin. Acid will eat around the grains but not under them creating a rough, pitted surface that will hold greater and lesser amounts of ink.

Block the white areas in the image from the bite of the acid with liquid hard ground. Immerse the plate in a vat of 12:1 nitric acid for fifteen seconds. Remove the plate from the acid, rinse and dry it. Block the next lightest areas and immerse the plate for another fifteen seconds. Repeat this process of sequentially blocking areas of the plate from the action of the acid until the total etch of 15 minutes is reached. The areas of the plate that were exposed to the acid the longest have the deepest pits between the rosin grains. The deepest pits hold the most ink and print the darkest.