The aquatint process consists of painting on a metal plate with a diluted solution of nitric acid, using a transfer of a drawing as guidance.
The acid ‘bites’ the plate making the surface rough. Longer exposures or stronger concentrations will produce more biting and a rougher surface (if left too long the acid will bite too much and make the surface smooth again)
This is the drawing I used. I transferred the main outline onto a metal plate
I used varnish to protect the lighter areas on the background before painting the main details with acid. Continue reading