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'Independence day 1985'.

Etching with aquatint. Toner transfer method.

Albums: 2013

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Comment by Warringah Printmakers Studio on May 7, 2013 at 11:06
Thanks for that link Kevin. It was a very interesting article and reminded me that my father used to etch his own circuits. He painted his resist on! I have used a photocopy onto transparency film which transfers quite well. You obviously need some paper between the transparency and the iron. But I'm not expert because I haven't done enough for a good trial and error phase.
You seem to be very comfortable with the technique and are achieving great results.
Comment by Kevin A. Pickering on May 6, 2013 at 23:06

It is a photocopy technique. The image is printed as a negative onto glossy photo paper. Ironed onto the plate. The paper is then soaked off. Some photo papers are better than others, it is just a case of experimenting.Once the initial image has been etched I have added an acrylic aquatint to increase tones.
You might find this web site of interest:

Comment by Warringah Printmakers Studio on May 6, 2013 at 21:53

Kevin, is the toner transfer method you use the same as ironing a photocopy onto the metal plate? I have used this technique with waterless lithography before and I know it has also been used as a resist for etching. 

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