MEZZOTINT

The Mezzotint process of printmaking was invented in the mid-17th century, and has pretty much gone out of favor with most printmakers because it is so labor- intensive  and time-consuming.  However, the  rich, velveting blacks that can be produced are, I believe, worth the effort.  Furthermore, it may be time for mezzotints to make a comeback, since this is an intaglio process like etching, but requires no toxic solutions or hazardous materials. 
I was thrilled  to receive  an Artist Support Grant from the NC ArtsCouncil/Forsyth County Arts Council/Arts Greensboro to explore Mezzotints. Here are  some fo the results. 


Angel with Flute (blue) pre-rocked plate
Angel with Flute (blue) pre-rocked plate
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*Eggs in Colander 1 Mezzotint pre-rocked plate
*Eggs in Colander 1 Mezzotint pre-rocked plate
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*Eggs, Colander, Shadow Mezzotint pre-rocked plate
*Eggs, Colander, Shadow Mezzotint pre-rocked plate
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Angel with Violin Mezzotint ((sold) still available  in edition)
Angel with Violin Mezzotint ((sold) still available in edition)

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