aqua·​tint ˈa-kwə-ˌtint How to pronounce aquatint (audio)
: a method of etching a printing plate so that tones similar to watercolor washes can be reproduced
also : a print made from a plate so etched
aquatint transitive verb
aquatinter noun
aquatintist noun

Examples of aquatint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like any new technology, aquatint, in its earliest days, embraced an idealism, found in prints depicting fantasies of classical antiquity. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 There also are a few that combine multiple techniques, including etching and aquatint, to achieve a softer, more watery effect. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2020 The 40 artworks in the show are lithographs, etchings, drypoints, aquatints and woodcuts. Susan Dunne,, 29 Oct. 2019 An 1879 etching-aquatint-drypoint by Felix Hilaire Buhot tells the story of a deadly two-week cold snap in Paris. Susan Dunne,, 29 Oct. 2019 Jenny Freestone and Jake Muirhead, both Marylanders, uses such venerable techniques as etching, drypoint and aquatint. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2019 That sparked his obsession with prints, of which there are several types, including lithographs, woodcuts and aquatints. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2019 Michael Arike’s etching-aquatint shows three pears sitting on a windowsill, resembling fat pigeons side-by-side, looking out on the cityscape outside. Susan Dunne,, 29 July 2019 For decades, The Times’ New York bureau was filled with lithographs, aquatints and collages by the likes of Elaine de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg. Daniel Miller,, 12 July 2018 See More

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Word History


Italian acqua tinta dyed water

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aquatint was in 1782

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“Aquatint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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