Mezzotint is a direct, non-toxic method for engraving luminous prints with rich tones and dramatic lighting effects. It’s the equivalent of drawing by blackening a white sheet of paper with charcoal and erasing the image areas. In mezzotint, a “rocker” tool churns a copper plate into a black background on which images are drawn with scrapers, burnishers, and various polishing materials. This acid-less medium yields a broad range of gradations and textures, and accommodates all artistic styles. In this two-day workshop participants produce a mezzotint print by learning how to prepare a mezzotint ground, create an image, and print it. Demonstrations of alternative grounding methods (no rocking), use of mezzotint with other intaglio techniques, ways to correct mistakes, some color tips, and cool printing tricks make this workshop useful for artists with knowledge of intaglio processes as well as beginners with no prior experience. Mezzotint rockers provided; other tools supplied or available for purchase.
CAROL WAX’s paintings and other works on paper are exhibited internationally, but she is best known for her mezzotint engravings and for the book she authored, The Mezzotint: History and Technique (Abrams, 1990, 1996). Her prints are in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and The Boston and New York Public Libraries. Among honors her work has garnered are: two New York Foundation for the Arts Artist’s Fellowships; The American Academy of Arts and Letters Louise Nevelson Award for Printmaking; an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant; and residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program.
Image: Carol Wax, Celluloid Cycloids (detail),2014, Mezzotint engraving