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Carborundum

Abrasive carborundum grit (silicon carbide) is mixed with acrylic medium or glue and painted onto a flat surface, such as plastic or metal.

TECHNIQUE

Carborundum

Abrasive carborundum grit (silicon carbide) is mixed with acrylic medium or glue and painted onto a flat surface, such as plastic or metal.

The marks can be very painterly, thick and very textured or thinned with water to make more washy marks. Once dried, the carborundum and glue mixture forms areas of texture that can be inked intaglio. Other acrylic mediums and texture pastes can be used.

The advantage of carborundum plates is they are relatively cheap to make, so good if you want to work larger. In some etching techniques, the colour changes as you wipe the plate. This doesn’t happen with carborundum plates, so they are brilliant for printing bright, clean colour.

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Aquatint

Fine resin dust is applied to the surface of the etching plate, then melted from underneath to melt and harden the dots of resin. When immersed in acid the plate ‘bites’ between the aquatint resin dots, creating a distribution of tiny holes on the plate which print as a tone.

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Drypoint

Using a sharp pointed tool like an etching needle, an image is scratched into a flat polished sheet of metal such as copper or aluminium. Plastic or card can also be used.

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Lithography

An image is painted, drawn or stencilled onto a slab of limestone or a metal plate (often aluminium) with oily materials, including greasy crayons and pencils, special ink called tusche, and photochemical transfers.

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Drypoint

Using a sharp pointed tool like an etching needle, an image is scratched into a flat polished sheet of metal such as copper or aluminium. Plastic or card can also be used.

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