Testing the ‘water-bite’ process

Recently I have been trying to achieve a more subtle degree of tonality within my printmaking, yet have found the processes I have been through up to this point haven’t given me the consistent results I am looking for. However I came across the aquatint water-bite technique recently that looks like it may be about to help me realise some of my ideas and printmaking aims.

Here are a couple of the test prints I made this afternoon after spending all day getting to know the process. Hopefully I will be able to fine tune and expand upon this technique, which seems to be providing just the process and results I have been searching for.

It will also allow me to work more intuitively with colour and also to experiment with colour separation or multi-plate printmaking.

water bite              water bite success