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This hand pulled kayak print is an original etching with aquatint, hand printed on my own etching press. Great kayaker gift!

I often go down to the harbor in the early morning or late afternoon when few people are there, the best time. This lone kayaker was there one morning, completely immersed in his paddling, totally unaware of anyone else looking on. I have tried to capture that moment of stillness, quiet and solitude.

Artist: William Lee Holt
Technique: Hand printed etching with aquatint and drypoint
Image Size: 6" x 9"
Paper: Rives BFK with generous borders for framing
Signed, numbered and limited to 35 prints.

Because all of my prints are individually printed by hand, the print you receive may vary slightly from the print you see on your screen. PLEASE NOTE: MAT AND FRAMED NOT INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE.

How is an etching done?
An etching requires a highly polished metal plate, usually copper or zinc. The plate is covered in wax (or some other resist). I then draw the design directly into the wax using a sharp instrument known as an etching needle, the idea being to expose the metal along the lines I draw. The plate is dropped into a bowl of acid, which eats into the exposed metal. This process may be repeated many times for the development of the image. When the image is complete, the plate is inked and then the surface is wiped with a cloth, leaving ink lodged in the lines that have been etched into the surface of the plate. A sheet of damp paper is pressed upon the plate and a print results.

How is an aquatint done?
Like etching, aquatint uses the application of acid to make the marks in the metal plate. Where the etching technique uses a needle to make lines that print in black (or whatever color ink is used), aquatint uses powdered resin (or a liquid acrylic) which is acid resistant in the ground to create a tonal effect. The tonal variation is controlled by the level of acid exposure over large areas, and thus the image is shaped by large sections at a time.

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Kayak etching print with aquatint, hand pulled intaglio print



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Zinc plate, archival ink, archival BFK rag paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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