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What are mezzotints and aquatints used for?
Last Updated: 26th February, 2020
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Simply so, what is the main purpose of a mezzotint?
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.
Also, how is printmaking used today? Such as graffiti, engraving, and woodcut. Printmaking is used by many today and still is a common interest. Artists also use this process, and this process is used as a way to express an art piece, as well as many other things. This type of printmaking is known as Etching.
Also question is, are Mezzotints valuable?
They can generally be divided into two classes: those made from metal printing plates and those made from stones. From metal plates we get engravings, etchings, aquatint, and mezzotints. Consequently, the resulting prints were expensive in their day and are rare and valuable in ours.
What does a printmaker do?
Printmaking differs from simple photographic reproduction as printmakers use specialist techniques to design and make original prints. Hand-drawn and digital designs or images are transferred on a wide range of surfaces, from paper and glass to wood, plastics, metal and textiles.