Aquatint stencil Freecom and abstract

While stencils are usually associated with silkscreen or serigraphy printing to hold back ink being forced through the mesh on to a substrate it also possible to use a stencil to force a resist through a mesh on to etching plate. In this early tools test two negative images of a freecom 2007 hard disc are made on paper from a digital file and exposed on to 100 mesh screen. They are negative in order a resist is printed on the plate leaving the plate and aquatint exposed to take the acid bite and create a positive inked and printed image.

negative images printed on paper from digital file.
screen negatives taped to print on copper below
Bitumen printed on to plate

slides of detail process

Slide 1
Aquatint
Resist stencil print
negatives for silk screen exposure

negatives printed from digital file on paper

screen negatives

screen negatives

plates under

plates under screen

plates-taped-aligned-on-bed

registered and taped to size with plates below

freecom 1 & abstract

freedom 1 & abstract

exposed detail

freedom detail

exposed detail 2

freedom 1 detail exposed

exposed abstract detail

abstract detail

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stencil with copper below

plates taped & aligned on bed

registered and taped

plates in place

plates in place

prep

prepared

bitumen

Bitumen resist

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bitumen spread

pull

pull

pull (1)

pull 2

+ve review

positive review

second

freedom pull

pull (3)

pulled

bitumen resist screened

positive review

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printed

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freedom 1 resisted

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abstract resist to dry

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abstract detail

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fAbstract detail 2

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resist and aquatint rosin

abstract vertical

abstract vertical cured

vertical

freedom vertical, dry, cure and ready for biting

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Once reviewed further biting can be planned. In Freecom abstract the top right (on the plate) shape had a tone in the original. to achieve this the shape will have the resist diluted or removed in order the acid can bite into it. The resist was painted away with white spirit on a small brush.

resist to be diluted away.
resist removed with white spirit and bitten for 15 minutes
cartridge proof
detail tone