Definition of aquatint in English:


Syllabification: aq·ua·tint
Pronunciation: /ˈäkwəˌtint, ˈak-


  • 1A print resembling a watercolor, produced from a copper plate etched with nitric acid.
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    • A recent exhibit of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featured his carborundum prints, his etchings, lithographs, aquatints and watercolors.
    • These would include nine drawings, 11 lithographs, seven etchings, four aquatints, two linocuts, two round dish prints and a set of eight ceramic plates.
    • He created lithographs, etchings, drypoints, lino cuts, woodcuts and aquatints.
  • 1.1The technique or process of producing aquatints.
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    • Similar to mezzotint, aquatint is a technique to produce prints with the effect of printing rather whole areas than just lines.
    • The intaglio printmaking techniques are engraving, drypoint, etching, aquatint, stipple, mezzotint and are discussed in part two of this article.
    • To start with; the first tones to the plate are given with line etching, drypoint, aquatint, softground, photocopy transfer or roulette.


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  • Create (a print) using the aquatint process.
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    • In several prints, texts are etched across aquatinted backgrounds in which ghostly, half-remembered realities float.
    • In this etching, line is blended with aquatinted areas in subtle blacks and grays.
    • She plays with the medium, placing a cutout aquatinted image in sepia of herself unravelling lino engraved lines of an Eastern Cape landscape.


late 18th century: from French aquatinte, from Italian acqua tinta 'colored water'.

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