Wash Ground Test 6

Test Summary
I abandoned the idea of using an aquatint in combination with Lascaux Wash Resist. The aquatint covers up everything that I applied to the plate. In this experiment I used a Lascaux 2094 Wash Resist without an aqautint. Instead I painted Lascaux 2092 Stop-out resist over all areas of the plate that were left exposed to prevent open-biting.

Date: February 23, 2010
Researcher’s Name: Maya M. Bajak
Plate Material: .032 Copper
Plate Size: 5 in x 5 in
Room Temperature: 72° Snowing

Plate Preparation
The plate was degreased with Bon Ami and water. I painted Lascaux 2092 Stop-out resist on the edges of the plate and applied Lascaux 2094 Wash resist in the middle of the plate and diluted it with water for easy reticulation. I air dried the copper plate 10 minutes then placed it in the drying box for 20 minutes. Between the stop-out and wash resist no part of the plate was left open to false bite.

Maya's wash ground and stop-out applied to the plate.

Maya’s wash ground and stop-out applied to the plate.

Etching Notes
The plate was etched in a vertical etching tank of Ferric Chloride at 37° Baume

Timed Application of Mordant
15 Minutes

Removal of Grounds
The grounds were removed with Lascaux 2098 Concentrated multi-purpose cleaner and a nail scrubber.

After Bath Evaluation
There is visible reticulation on the plate from the wash ground.

Maya's Etched plate

Maya’s Etched plate

Inking Methods
Unmodified Graphic Chemical & Ink Co. Bone Black #514 Etching Ink. The ink was carded onto the copper plate with mat board scraps and wiped with used tarlatan.

Paper Type: Hahnemuhle Copperplate
Paper Soaking Time: 20 Minutes
Press Blanket Setup: Small Takach, 2 Blankets, 8.5 pressure

Test Conclusion
The plate prints excellent without need for an aquatint. It is important that every area of the plate is either covered with wash ground or stop-out solution to prevent open biting.

Printed Images

Maya's Print

Maya’s Print

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