Mezzotint - with Follow-up Press
High School of Applied Arts and College of Art in Jablonec nad Nisou / Střední uměleckoprůmyslová škola a Vyšší odborná škola Jablonec nad Nisou
Horní náměstí 800/1
466 80 Jablonec nad Nisou
Director: Mgr. Bc. Martina Picko Baumannová
phone: +420 483 312 802
Design of graphic and plastic engravings has rich experience with classical graphic techniques. For the Symposium 2020, we have newly prepared the MEZZOTINT technique. This technique is one of the graphic techniques of deep printing and consists of scratching, smoothing and polishing a copper plate. A number of special tools are used. Roughening of the plate is achieved by means of a groove having a large toothed surface. Smoothing of future lights on graphics is done by gills, polishes, trowels and pellets.
Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half-tones to be produced without using line- or dot-based techniques like hatching, cross-hatching or stipple. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening a metal plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a "rocker". In printing, the tiny pits in the plate retain the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. This technique can achieve a high level of quality and richness in the print.