MARGARET MERRITT:  Printmaker and Papermaker
Contours
2009
Carborundum Aquatint/Aquatint
The contour lines and shadings of maps never fail to capture my imagination. I incorporated these map features into this print.

The print was made by first printing a textured copper plate to provide the soft background which was then overprinted with a drypoint plate to add the strong dark lines. The plate for the background was first roughened by grinding it with carborundum grit and then burnishing a pattern into them. I learned this non-chemical method for preparing copper aquatint plates in a workshop at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio. Edition of 4.
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