AskDefine | Define aquatint

Dictionary Definition



1 an etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color
2 a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color v : etch in aquatint

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a form of etching with acid on a plate partially covered with varnish that produces a print somewhat resembling a watercolour
  2. an etching or print made using this method


form of etching with acid on a plate
  • Croatian: akvatinta
etching or print
  • Croatian: akvatinta


to aquatint
  1. to make such etchings

Extensive Definition

Aquatint is an intaglio printmaking technique, a variant of etching.
Intaglio printmaking makes marks on the matrix (in the case of aquatint, a copper or zinc plate) that are capable of holding ink. The inked plate is passed through a printing-press together with a sheet of paper, resulting in a transfer of the ink to the paper. This can be repeated a number of times, depending on the particular technique.
aquatint in Bulgarian: Акватинта
aquatint in Catalan: Aiguatinta
aquatint in Czech: Akvatinta
aquatint in German: Aquatinta
aquatint in Estonian: Akvatinta
aquatint in Spanish: Grabado al aguatinta
aquatint in French: Aquatinte
aquatint in Italian: Acquatinta
aquatint in Hebrew: אקווטינטה
aquatint in Hungarian: Foltmaratás
aquatint in Japanese: アクアチント
aquatint in Norwegian: Akvatintetsning
aquatint in Polish: Akwatinta
aquatint in Russian: Акватинта
aquatint in Serbian: Акватинта
aquatint in Swedish: Akvatint
aquatint in Ukrainian: Акватинта

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

autolithograph, block, block print, cerography, chalcography, chromolithograph, color print, copperplate, copperplate print, crayon engraving, cribbling, cut, drypoint, engravement, engraving, etching, graphotype, impress, impression, imprint, intaglio, linoleum-block print, lithograph, metal cut, mezzotint, negative, photoengraving, plate engraving, print, pyrogravure, relief method, rubber-block print, steel engraving, vignette, wood engraving, woodblock, woodburning, woodcut, woodprint, xylograph, zincography
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