Mezzotint | Judy Barringer

Mezzotint | Judy Barringer

Sat, 5/11 10am-3pm
Sat, 5/18 10am-3pm
Sat, 5/25 10am-3pm
Sat, 6/1 10am-3pm


$300 non-associates / $255 associates ($35 for materials)

Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little pits made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a "rocker." The whole surface of the plate, usually copper, is roughened evenly, manually with the rocker, or mechanically. In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. Areas smoothed completely flat will not hold ink at all: such areas will print "white," that is, without ink. By varying the degree of smoothing, mid-tones between black and white can be created, hence the name mezzo-tinto which is Italian for "half-tone" or "half-painted". This is called working from "dark to light", or the "subtractive" method. A high level of quality and richness in the print can be achieved.



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