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

Resist stencil print

negatives printed from digital file on paper

screen negatives

plates under screen

registered and taped to size with plates below

freedom 1 & abstract

freedom detail

freedom 1 detail exposed

abstract detail

stencil with copper below

registered and taped

plates in place


Bitumen resist

bitumen spread


pull 2

positive review

freedom pull


positive review


freedom 1 resisted

abstract resist to dry

abstract detail

fAbstract detail 2

resist and aquatint rosin

abstract vertical cured

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