Louise Bird
Painter Printmaker

Mezzotint

Mezzotint is a method of creating an original work of art on a sheet of copper which has been stippled with many dots, usually using a tool called a rocker. Then to create an image I use a burnishing tool to polish away the dots, creating different levels of tone. The plate is then covered in etching ink, and by a very careful process of wiping the image is revealed, ready for printing through an etching press. I then hand tint using etching inks.

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