Icing Sugar Aquatint #6

Test Summary
This experiment tests a process developed by Andrew Baldwin in which icing sugar is used to create an aquatint. Methods learned from Andrew Baldwin were replicated in this experiment with the intention of producing a smooth, even aquatint. It was discovered that the icing sugar Andrew Baldwin is using is finer than the sugar that was being used in previous experiments. For this experiment, Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar, sent over by Andrew Baldwin, was used.

Date: July 18, 2011
Researcher’s Name: Cara Borelli
Plate Material: Copper
Plate Size: 6 in x 6 in
Room Temperature: 79° F, very humid, overcast and rainy

Plate Preparation
Plate was beveled, burnished, degreased using soy sauce, deoxidized, and BIG ground was applied. For the application of the BIG ground, ground was not applied thinly, but was applied in the same manner as in Experiment 1.

For icing sugar application:
Application 1: Two tablespoons of icing sugar were sieved once using the round cake sieve. The sugar tray in the aquatint box was not cleaned. A hair dryer was used on high and cold to disperse the sugar throughout the box. The hair dryer hole was covered with a rag while the sugar settled. After 20 minutes the plate was examined and it was determined that the plate was not coated enough with sugar. The sugar also appeared finer on the plate.

Application 2: Two additional tablespoons of icing sugar were sieved once using the round cake sieve. The sugar tray in the aquatint box was not cleaned. A hair dryer was used on high and cold to disperse the sugar throughout the box. The hair dryer hole was covered with a rag while the sugar settled. After 20 minutes the plate was examined and it was determined that the plate was adequately coated with sugar and was left to sit overnight.

Baking the ground:
The plate was baked in the oven for 6 minutes and was left to sit in the oven for 30 minutes after baking was complete. At this point the plate was examined and it looked the same as plates from previous experiments. Because it was not believed that this plate would produce new or desired results, it was stripped using Soy Solv and was not etched.

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Etching Notes N/A

Timed Application of Mordant N/A

Removal of Grounds N/A

After Bath Evaluation N/A

Inking Methods N/A

Paper Type: N/A
Paper Soaking Time: N/A
Press Blanket Setup: N/A

Test Conclusion
Although a finer sugar was used, the plate was still not being coated with enough sugar to create a strong aquatint. Further experiments will focus on disregarding the sugar box and using other methods to apply the sugar.

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