Description This image was made through an etching / aquatint technique and inspired by my overall experiences with Italian culture, specifically Rome.Etching is a method of making prints from a metal plate (in this case, zince) which has been bitten with acid. The plate is first coated with an acid-resistant substance (etching ground) through which the design is drawn with a sharp tool (burin or other). The acid eats the plate through the exposed lines; the more time the plate is left in the acid, the coarser the lines. When the plate is inked and its surface rubbed clean, and it is covered with paper and passed under a cylindrical press, the ink captured in the lines is transferred to the paper.Aquatint often produces finished prints which resemble watercolors or wash drawings. It is a favorite method of printmakers to achieve a wide range of tonal values. The technique consists of exposing the plate to acid through a layer (or sometimes successive layers) of resin or sugar. The acid bites the plate only in the spaces between the resin particles, achieving a finely and evenly pitted surface that yields broad areas of tone when the grains are washed off and the plate is inked and printed.
Amy Pospiech, Philadelphia, PA Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement This year, I will be entering my fourth year of college - as a marketing and international business double major. I began my college career majoring in architecture and then graphic design. I'm currently living in Philadelphia and when I'm not studying or working, I'm creating art. I studied abroad in Rome in the Spring of 2008 and was very inspired, not just by the beauty but the frustrations of living in another country. I would love to go back someday but am happy to be home right now. You can learn more about me and e-mail me through the links on my blog: whoaitsaimz.blogspot.com