Mezzotint is a method of intaglio printmaking, done without the use of acids or etchants. It is a dry point technique. A copper plate is first "rocked" with a special hand tool (a rocker) to evenly pit the entire surface. If inked and printed, these small, fine pits, create a solid print of a uniform black. After rocking, the plate is worked with a burnisher and a scraper, to remove and smooth areas of the copper so when inked and wiped, they print with lighter values than the black areas of the rocked and pitted surface. Thus, it becomes a reductive process, where the light values of the image are scraped and smoothed from the background. The design principle is similar to that of reductive charcoal drawing; Where one starts with a black background and creates an image by removing and erasing charcoal pigment.
The ICA Print Center is proud to host Rockin' Mezzotint, Judith's weekend workshop, Feb 2 & 3, 2013, 10am-5pm. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Judith, a master of the mezzotint, before she heads back to France. The workshop is limited to 6.
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Judith Rothchild studied drawing, painting and printmaking at the Boston