Kitty Watt

Kitty Watt Croft & Boats. Etching

I was born in Sussex, and worked as a screenprinter in North Wales and a commercial artist in London before moving to Scotland in 1982. I learned to etch at Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen, in 1986. In 1997 I moved with my husband, painter David Watt, to a remote croft in the Highlands of Scotland, where we keep cows, get our electricity from a windmill and fuel from our peat bank. Leading the good life!

The etching plate is usually made of zinc, copper or steel. It is cleaned and coated in acid resistant ‘Hard Ground’. The design is scratched onto the plate and immersed in acid, which bites a groove onto the metal. This gives a line drawing.

Powdered Resin is sprinkled onto the plate and sealed with heat. This coats the metal in a very fine dust. Varnish is painted on areas of the plate to be kept light and immersed in acid for a short time.

More areas of the plate are varnished and immersed for longer and longer times, to give darker tones.

The cleaned etching is coated in ink, polished with muslin, tissue paper and cotton buds before it is placed, face up, on the etching press. It is then covered in paper and blankets before it is moved through the press to produce one individual etching. It has to be re-inked for each print.

Etching is a varied, exciting and often unpredictable art form and Aquatint Etching is only one of many printmaking techniques. There is as much skill in the inking up of the plate as there is of producing an etching plate which is what makes each limited edition print unique.

For more information please see the artists own website Kitty Watt

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