Printed by Karly Fae Hansen in 2006 using archival materials. Aquatint is a form of intaglio that involves masking areas on the copper plate by baking on asphaltum and then using resin or spray paint to create tonal resists. The more area left open on the plate the more the acid can eat into the plate and create darker tones, likewise the less area open (heavier applications of spray paint or resin) leave less area for the acid to eat at and thus lighter tones. Aquatint creates that unique speckled look. After one area is “bitten” in a bath of Dutch mordant acid the plate is cleaned and the procedure is repeated many times “shading” each area individually and over top of which the artist may cover the entire plate with asphaltum and etch lines which will then be bitten in the acid. When the plate is finished it is cleaned and then moved to a hot-plate where it is warmed and wiped with ink pressing it into all of the pits and groves created in the copper by the acid. It is then moved to the press and damp paper is placed over the plate and ran through the press. The combination of pressure and dampness in the paper draws the ink out of the recesses and onto to the paper creating a reverse image of what was etched.
Karly Fae Hansen
Aquatint Copper Etching on Pescia baby blue paper
Edition of 5
Unframed print $75, on sale now $65
Karly Fae Hansen works in a Baltimore City school by day and is an artist living at home with her dog by night. Though native to and residing in Maryland, whenever there is a chance they like to hit the road and explore nature especially long the Hudson River. She graduated magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008, and is currently interested in the art of living well and good stories. Some of Karly Fae’s art has been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goucher College, Load of Fun gallery, Northwest Studio, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Radisson Hotel of Cross Keys.
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