I printed an edition of 10 of this first state of an aquatint etching for the image, "Totem" This version has a velvety black aquatint in the shape and lighter/foggy aquatint surrounding the shape. A very thin line was etched around the shape and burnished on the interior side of the thin line.
|"Totem" , 8.5 x 11" 1st state/edition of 10|
Moving onto a 2nd state of this print I did a very light spit bite to the surrounding background but not the triangle within the shape. I tooled the edges back down to a darker tone and re-etched a thicker line around the perimeter of the shape.
For the first step in darkening the interior of the line (burnished area) I went around with a single line roulette tool. This got me part way there but was showing too much of the tool mark.
|single line roulette tool|
|after using roulette tool|
I went back into the edges with a diamond tipped pen. I used a more chaotic poke and scratch to the marks to get more of a fuzzy tone and hide the tool markings from the roulette.
|diamond tip pen|
|fuzzy edges after tooling with the diamond tipped pen|
I put down a hard ground and re-etched slightly thicker lines around the shape.
|re-establishing a thicker etched line through hard ground|
|darker edges with fuzzy interior "glow"|