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Re: Mezzotint

The fact that the plate looks good when inked is hopeful, but not
conclusive.  You should always proof your mezzotint plate before you start to
create the image, because it's almost never completely black at first; you
usually have to fill in a few areas.  It's possible that you are not using
enough pressure.  Mezzotints require more pressure than an ordinary etching.
Try printing on a very sensitive Japanese paper with lots of pressure (maybe
add a bit of blotter between paper and blankets) and you should get a clean
print and you should be able to figure out if you didn't make it black enough
in the first place.  You can use a rouletting tools to fill in small areas.

See Carol Wax's book "The Mezzotint" for further technical details.

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