Mezzotint: Test print!

I always find it very exciting to pull the first test print from a new plate, especially when I’m working with a new technique. I pulled a test print from the mezzotint plate I’ve been working and am pleased with the results thus far.

gion1 001

I’ve been applying the scraper and burnisher very lightly because I’m still developing a feel for how the scraping and burnishing affect the plate and it is better to work from light to dark than to try to recover dark areas lost.

The print is very dark but there is much subtle detail in the back that I intend to leave as is. Other areas I need to work further and bring the light into.

giondetailDetail from upper right-hand corner.

 

011    Here is a side by side view of print and plate.

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