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Magical Secrets About Aquatint: Spit Bite, Sugar Lift & Other Etched Tones Step-by-Step Hardcover – April 15, 2008

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The third in crown Point Press's series on printmaking, this book does exactly what it says on the cover. Its meticulous, step-by-step approach means that even printmakers who are confident with aquatint will find it helpful. The book is like a Russian doll in its presentation of the technique-each chapter revealing a different aspect of the process. While it can sometimes seem a little short of illustrations, the excellent text more than compensates. The 'how to' descriptions are also richly supported by the masterful images that the author has chosen to exemplify particular effects. Many are the work of some very famous artists: Al Held, Ed Ruscha, Tony Cragg, Elaine De Kooning and Francesco Clemente among them. Crown Point Press is, after all, among the most celebrated of all American print studios. Whether you are a lover of aquatint or among those who have often found themselves frustrated by it, this is the book for you. The accompanying CD is 2 1/2 hours long (as long as it took me to read the book!) but being able to see the master printmaker at work, as described in the book, is a huge bonus. - --Megan Fishpool, Artist-printer & writer, UK, Printmaking Today, 2009

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Master Printer Emily York came to Crown Point Press after training as a printer at Paulson Press, a printmaking press in Berkeley founded by two former Crown Point master printers. Emily was born in Napa, California and grew up in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley. She received her BA in art with an emphasis on printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She pursues her own artwork and crafts at home in Oakland, CA.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Point Press; Har/DVD edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891300210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891300219
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Master Printer Emily York came to Crown Point Press after training as a printer at Paulson Press, a printmaking press in Berkeley founded by two former Crown Point master printers. Emily was born in Napa, California and grew up in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley. She received her BA in art with an emphasis on printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She pursues her own artwork and crafts at home in Oakland, California.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dana Zullo on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Specialized information. Beautiful color reproductions of artwork. Step-by-step instructions. Informative artist biographies. Very valuable dvd, detailing the entire processes. This book is a veritable handbook for aquatint! It contains a wealth of specific information which is written in a straight forward approach. There are many worthwhile insights into this process-heavy technique. Also, through the analysis of artists work, a window is opened into Crown Point Press's history, and into the very studio were artists make etchings. It is the third volume in a series dedicated to the intaglio printmaking processes. The appendix reveals how to print your plate, "The Crown Point Press Way," and you will be amazed at the difference in quality! This book is a perfect element to enhance every student's printmaking studies. An essential tool in any print shop. Excellent addition to an art bookstore or library. A distinguished hardcover book to add to a collector's shelf. (I also love the Sol LeWitt print on the cover!) Reasonably priced for the amount of information and detail provided. The book is worth the price alone--think of the dvd as a bonus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TG on September 30, 2010
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This is a wonderful reference book, absolutely worth every penny. I can't think of another book that goes into such precise and specific detail on aquatint, and the DVD is a helpful counterpart to the step by step instructions and beautiful, high quality illustrations. If you are serious about learning these techniques or want a reference this is an ideal choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Graham on December 15, 2011
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This book is great for beginner's just starting out and also for people wanting to learn more advanced techniques. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Welsh on April 1, 2013
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This is the best printmaking book ever. I had to buy the chin colle book after I went through this one. This is crown point presses top selling book. This will get you through etching class and then some. I'm building steel facing tank from the information in this book. It teaches you everything.
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Magical Secrets About Aquatint is a fine, clear guide for anyone delving into the difficult and beautiful technique of aquatint. This book really kept me going when things got complicated or unclear. The good pictures, sensible sequence, and clear instructions for the many ways of going about the process are helpful. It is hard to find this kind of information. The price of the book seem high, but this information can save a lot of time and money when one is struggling though an exacting process. The beautiful pictures and essays on how some well known artists have approached the work with the help of Crown Point Press is enlightening and serves to show just how many ways an artist can learn from the process, and indeed, can dialogue with it.
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By rebecca on January 21, 2014
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i like the experimental use of techniques and the associated stories about the artists makes it not as dry as other skill based books. really enjoyed reading it.
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