Non-Conventional Aquatint

In addition to being non-toxic, our Zea Mays Airbrush Aquatint Solution is also more malleable than traditional rosin methods. The spray’s acrylic suspension, and the degree to which the artist’s hand is involved in the application, opens up a large range of possibilities for non-conventional techniques. Our goal in this research was to experiment with some of these possible techniques as a means to showcase just how versatile acrylic spray aquatints can be.

Spray density can be controlled to produce soft tonal shifts and textures, stencils can be used to localize spray and vary edge quality, solvents can disrupt and activate aquatints to produce painterly marks, and textures can be physically impressed upon aquatint spray to create patterns.

In short, the nature of our aquatint spray and its application allows aquatint to be not just a surface upon which secondary methods are used to produce tone and mark, but a painterly tool in and of itself.

While our experiments only scratch the surface of what is possible with this medium, it is our hope that they will serve to inspire printmakers to push aquatint beyond its proscribed traditional role.

non-conventional aquatint experiment I 
non-conventional aquatint experiment II
non-conventional aquatint experiment III
non-conventional aquatint experiment IV
non-conventional aquatint experiment V
non-conventional aquatint experiment VI
non-conventional aquatint experiment VII
non-conventional aquatint experiment VIII
non-conventional aquatint experiment IX
non-conventional aquatint experiment X
non-conventional aquatint experiment XI