aquatint /ˈakwətɪnt/


I. noun

1. a print resembling a watercolour, made by etching a copper plate with nitric acid and using resin and varnish to produce areas of tonal shading.

twelve coloured aquatints of British battle scenes.
2. [ mass noun] the technique or process of producing aquatints.

a directness and freshness in the use of aquatint.
[as modifier]
aquatint plates of the Lake District.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. produce (a print) using the aquatint technique or process.

she studied methods of etching and aquatinting.
– origin late 18th cent.: from French aquatinte, from Italian acqua tinta ‘coloured water’.

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