Donald Furst

Donald Furst

Wilmington, NC
In the Light, Mezzotint
18 x 14

Preparing the ground
Bevel plate edges and corners with file.
Burnish plate edges smooth with oil and burnisher.
Rock 16-gauge engraver’s copper plate with 85-gauge rocker with passes going in two dozen different directions.

Plate work
Transfer guide drawing of major shapes onto plate with carbon paper.
Scrape away burr gently to retain near-blacks; scrape more directions and more times to reduce the burr for lighter values.
Use agate burnisher to polish areas intended to print as bright lights.

Printing
Damp box Somerset Satin paper overnight.
Mix reddish-black ink with Graphic Chemical Etching Stiff Black, Alizarin Crimson, and transparent base.
Ink plate with brayer on hotplate set to 150 degrees.
Start wiping on hotplate with darkest tarlatan, finish off the hotplate with medium and light tarlatans.
Wipe plate edges with white tarlatan wrapped around finger.
Print in Charles Brand etching press with two woven wool pusher blankets.
Wait one week, then spray paper with water mister and place prints between blotters
to flatten.